Microsoft has announced record revenue for its second financial quarter, October-December 2013. Revenue was bumped up by the launch of Xbox One (3.9 million sold) and new Surface hardware. The real stars though were the server products:
SQL Server continued to gain market share with revenue growing double-digits.
System Center showed continued strength with double-digit
…continue reading Microsoft financials: record revenue, consumer sales declining in drift towards Enterprise
Amazon RDS for Microsoft SQL Server offers cloud instances of SQL Server. Amazon’s offering even supports “License Mobility”, Microsoft jargon that lets volume licensing customers use an existing SQL Server license for an Amazon’s instance. But how does Amazon’s cloud SQL Server compare with Microsoft’s own offering, SQL Database running on Azure?
Peter Marriott has
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I am impressed with the new Windows Azure platform, but when I moved a simple app from my local machine to Azure I had some hassle copying the SQL Server database.
The good news is that you can connect to SQL Azure using SQL Server Management studio. You need to do two things. First, check
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Microsoft is launching SQL Server 2012 on March 7th 2012. In Microsoft’s world “launches” do not always coincide with the availability of release code, which may come before or after, but they are usually not far apart.
The big news in SQL Server 2012 is in new BI (Business Intelligence) features and the ability to
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I’ve been teasing out details about the Windows Runtime (WinRT) here at Microsoft’s BUILD conference in Anaheim, California.
WinRT is the runtime for touch-friendly Metro-style apps, in effect Microsoft’s operating system for tablets, though it has a dual personality and full desktop Windows is also available.
Microsoft experts told me that there is no client
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Microsoft’s Eric Nelson has posted about how the OLEDB driver for SQL Server is being deprecated and will not be supported beyond “Denali”, the forthcoming version.
OLEDB was created to be the successor to ODBC – expanding the supported data sources/models to include things other than relational databases. Notably OLEDB was tightly tied to a
…continue reading Full circle for Microsoft database APIs as OLEDB for SQL Server is deprecated
I’ve been testing the new Community Tech Preview of SQL Server 2011, codenamed “Denali”.
Here is an intriguing feature. You can now create a new kind of table called a FileTable. A FileTable is mapped to a folder on the filesystem, though you are not meant to access it directly once it is managed by
…continue reading SQL Server 2011 Denali publishes tables as Windows network folders
At Oracle OpenWorld yesterday I spoke to an attendee from a global enterprise. His company is a big IBM customer and would like to standardise on DB2. To some extent it does, but there is still around 30% Oracle and significant usage of Microsoft SQL Server. Why three database platforms when they would prefer to
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