Upgrade your way to a modern data platform – End of support for SQL Server 2005 less than 6 months away

Data has become increasingly critical to businesses, so it’s more important than ever for every organization to be utilizing a modern data platform that drives innovation, delivers business value and provides quick insight. In just under six months—on April 12, 2016, to be exact—extended support for SQL Server 2005 ends. That means an end to supportability updates, and perhaps more importantly, security updates. In the decade since SQL Server 2005 … Read more »

Microsoft acquires mobile business intelligence leader Datazen


By Kamal Hathi, Partner Director, Cloud + Enterprise at Microsoft Today I am excited to announce the acquisition of Datazen Software, an industry leader in mobile business intelligence and data visualization on Windows, iOS and Android devices. This acquisition accelerates our Power BI strategy to help organizations create a data culture with easy-to-use, accessible tools to extract maximum value from data – from anywhere, on any device. Companies around the … Read more »

Are you still running SQL Server 2005? Now is the time to upgrade to a modern data platform

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Are you still running SQL Server 2005? We know it’s hard to let go, but it’s been 10 years. In its time SQL Server 2005 was a great choice for your departmental and mid-market IT needs. Over the last decade, Microsoft has continued to invest and SQL Server has evolved to be an enterprise-class solution to support your growing business needs. If you haven’t yet moved on to take advantage … Read more »

Technology transforms soccer, pilots use Surface Pro 3 and a peek at Black Friday deals — Weekend Reading: Nov. 21th Edition


Gooooooal! This week welcomed amazing news for fútbol — and technology. But it didn’t stop there. In honor of a high-flying few days, with big news from around the world, we bring you Weekend Reading. Buckle up. Just in time for the 2014 MLS Cup Conference Finals, a glimpse behind the scenes of Seattle Sounders FC preparation, where technology is tracking team members to ensure they’re in top form. Devices … Read more »

Seattle Sounders reach their goals with help of SQL Server and fitness-tracking technology

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Behind the scenes of those intense workouts by the Seattle Sounders FC players, technology is tracking team members to make sure they’re playing at their best. A variety of devices worn by the players gather information on each athlete’s energy output, endurance, sleep patterns, nutrition and fatigue levels. All that tracking generates more than 350 columns of data, which led the team to create its own SQL Server database to … Read more »

Weekend Reading: April 25th Edition — Office 365 is free for Brown University students, Microsoft’s energy-saving projects make every day Earth Day


In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about Office 365 being available free to Brown University students, Microsoft programs to develop next-generation datacenter designs to boost energy efficiency and a worldwide hackathon this weekend for university women to encourage them to become technological innovators. Brown University has selected Microsoft Office 365 for its 8,600 students, and is using the Microsoft Student Advantage benefit to extend the service to … Read more »

A data culture for everyone


In a mobile first, cloud first world, one of the most fascinating truths is that data is not only consumed but also generated at accelerating rates and exponentially increasing quantities. As computing becomes ubiquitous, engineers and developers are creating new form factors and cloud services that fit into all the nooks and crannies of everyday life. Car dashboards, light switches, HVAC systems, sneakers, etc. Nearly all interactions and experiences between … Read more »

Weekend Reading: March 21st Edition – The Madness of March, SQL Server 2014 and a school in the cloud


Winter is supposed to go out like lamb, but here at Weekend Reading it’s proven to be more like a lion. Check out this roaring lineup … March means Madness — the kind that comes with back-to-back-to-back college basketball. It may be too late to use predictions from Microsoft Research’s statistician extraordinaire, David Rothschild for your bracket this year, but you can still take a lesson from his technique. Microsoft Research’s … Read more »

SQL Server 2014 released to manufacturers, will be generally available April 1

The following post is from Quentin Clark, Corporate Vice President, Data Platform Group. Today I am very happy to announce SQL Server 2014 has been released to manufacturing and will be generally available on April 1.  SQL Server 2014 is the culmination of thousands of hours of hard work from Microsoft engineers and thousands of hours of testing and input from our preview customers. The result is an important component … Read more »

Weekend Reading: July 5th Edition—Windows Phone 8 gets Facebook facelift, Redbox and iHeartRadio


In this edition of Weekend Reading, you’ll hear about big apps that just hit Windows Phone 8, the first version of a Web-based Xbox Music experience and the Xbox exclusive game “Titanfall” setting records at the Game Critics Awards “Best of E3.” Fans of the big and small-screen and live radio can now find apps like Redbox and iHeartRadio on Windows Phone 8, as well as a major facelift for … Read more »