Microsoft Access 2013 Runtime is now available for download.
July 5, 2013
You can now download
Microsoft Access 2013 Runtime which enables you to distribute Access 2013 applications
to users who do not have the full version of Access 2013 installed on their computers.
Microsoft Announces Updates to Windows Azure SQL Database
January 14, 2013
new features added to Windows Azure SQL Databases. Those features include the following:
Microsoft's Scott Guthrie Announces Improvements to the Windows Azure Portal
October 9, 2012
One of the major
is the ability to create and manage subscription Co-Administrators who have equal
rights over the subscription as the original Administrator. Another significant improvement
of the Azure Management Portal is support for importing and exporting SQL Databases
to and from Blob Storage in the form of a BACPAC file. BACPAC files can contain
schema definition and table data.
Microsoft Announces New Service Updates to Windows Azure SQL Database
September 19, 2012
New SQL Server support for Linked Server and Distributed Queries with Azure SQL Databases enables adding a
Windows Azure SQL Database as a Linked Server and then using it with Distributed Queries that span the
on-premises and cloud databases.
The new recursive triggers feature enables a trigger to call itself recursively if a database has this option
set to on which is the default setting.
The DBCC SHOW_STATISTICS feature now enables the query optimizer to create a high quality query plan for a
table or indexed view.
Firewall rules can now be
set at the database
level in addition to the existing Server level firewall rules. This enables different rules for different
databases even though they are hosted on the same SQL Database server.
Enhancements to SQL Data Sync in Windows Azure Announced
August 22, 2012
service updates to SQL Data Sync in Windows Azure are now operational in all Windows Azure data
centers, announced Gregory Leake, Product Manager on the SQL Azure Technical Marketing team at Microsoft.
The improvements include support for spatial data types including geography and geometry, the ability for
users to cancel a data synchronization in progress, overall performance enhancements on initial provisioning
and sync tasks, and improved sync performance between on-premises databases.
New Database-level Firewall Rules for Windows Azure SQL Databases Announced
August 15, 2012
Kumar Vivek, Technical Writer for Microsofts Customer Experience Team introduced the
Windows Azure SQL Database Firewall Rules in a post on the
Windows Azure Team Blog. Unlike SQL Database server
Firewall Rules which enable clients to access your entire SQL Database server, the new Database Firewall Rules
only allows client access to the Azure SQL Database. Further information can be found in the MSDN article entitled
How to: Configure the Database-Level
Firewall Settings (Windows Azure SQL Database).
Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing (RTM) by Microsoft
August 1, 2012
Steven Sinofsky, President of the Windows and Windows Live Division
Windows 8 team is proud to share with you that a short while ago we started releasing Windows 8 to PC
OEM and manufacturing partners. This means our next milestone will be the availability of exciting new
models of PCs loaded with Windows 8 and online availability of Windows 8 on October 26, 2012."
of Windows 8 release dates was posted on the blog of Brandon LeBlanc, Windows Communications Manager at Microsoft.
List of Blogs and Resources by Windows Azure MVPs about the "Spring Wave" of Windows Azure Upgrades Available
June 15, 2012
Roger Jennings' OakLeaf Systems web site has made available
a large list
of blog posts and other resources by Microsoft Azure MVPs
about the new Windows Azure Upgrades. The list was put together by Mark Sorensen, a Senior Product Planner
on the Windows Azure team, from a list originally compiled by Windows Azure MVP Magnus Martensson.
Microsoft Announces Windows Azure SQL Reporting General Availability
June 13, 2012
Windows Azure SQL Reporting, formerly
known as SQL Azure Reporting Services, now has
availability. Developers can use Business Intelligence Development Studio and SQL Server
Data Tools to author reports based on data in Azure SQL Databases (previously known as SQL Azure)
as they have been able to do with on-premises SQL Server Reporting services.
Windows Azure SQL Reporting can
be managed with the SQL Reporting
Management Portal and Reporting Services can also be used in
.Net Application Development.
Microsoft Changes SQL Azure Name to
Database, formerly known as SQL Azure Database"
June 7, 2012
On the Windows Azure Management Portal and in other places online
Microsoft has changed the name of SQL Azure to
Windows Azure SQL Database, Azure SQL Database, or SQL Database.
Microsoft Adds a Large Number of Major New Features to Windows Azure
June 7, 2012
Scott Guthrie, a vice president in the Microsoft
Windows Azure features include a New Admin Portal and Command Line Tools to manage all features and services
offered on Windows Azure, Virtual Machines, and improved Web Site support giving users the ability to more
quickly and easily deploy ASP.NET, Node.js and PHP web-sites. New Cloud Services are included that support
rich multi-tier architectures, automated application management, and the ability to scale to extremely large
deployments. Also among the new features is Distributed Caching that enables developers to use and setup
low-latency, in-memory distributed caches within applications which do not have any throttling limits. New
SDKs are now available for multiple languages and Tooling Support is also included. This is just a partial
list of the many new features that have been added to Windows Azure.
SQL Azure is now called Azure SQL Database
Microsoft Announces Two New Datacenters Now Available for Windows Azure
April 5, 2012
Microsoft announced the availablility of
new datacenters for Windows Azure: "West US" and "East US". The new datacenters can be accessed using the Windows Azure Management
Portal. Compute and storage features are now available in the new Data Centers. SQL Azure will come online in the coming months.
Microsoft Releases an Upgrade to the SQL Azure Data Sync Preview
April 4, 2012
In keeping with Microsoft's practice of providing ongoing improvements to Windows Azure Microsoft
the release of an upgrade of the SQL Azure Data Sync Preview. This update includes the most
requested feature of enabling users to edit
an existing Sync Group to accommodate changes they have made to their database schemas without having
to re-create the Sync Group. Additionally, new information has been added to the portal that helps to more
easily manage sync groups. Issues that affected ORM (Object Relational Model) frameworks such as Entity
Framework and NHibernate working with Data Sync have been fixed. Improved error and status messages were also
included. A new download is available
for the on-premises Data Sync Agent that enables on-premises SQL Server data to be synchronized with SQL Azure databases.
New Best Practices Documentation Available: Protecting Your Data in SQL Azure
February 27, 2012
The best practices documentation for SQL Azure is found under the MSDN heading
SQL Azure Business Continuity.
The documentation covers how to protect databases when individual servers and devices fail, how to protect
databases from unwanted deletions or modifications and widespread loss of data center facilities.
Reduced Pricing on SQL Azure and New 100MB Database Option Announced
February 14, 2012
reduced prices for SQL Azure cutting prices from 48% to 75% per month with the larger databases having
the largest reductions in price. The new smaller sized 100 MB database is just $4.995 per month.
New SQL Azure Data Sync Webcasts and Videos Are Now Available.
November 19, 2011
The Series of new Webcasts and Videos are available
on Channel 9. To use the
latest SQL Azure Data Sync you need to
Microsoft Sync Framework Toolkit.
Microsoft Releases Important Updated SDKs and Tools for Windows Azure development.
November 14, 2011
The releases include an updated Windows Azure SDK, a Windows Azure HPC Scheduler
SDK, and a Windows Azure Platform Training Kit. The November Windows Azure
SDK can be
using the Web Platform installer. The Windows Azure HPC Scheduler SDK is available to be downloaded
here. The hands-on labs,
demos, and presentations of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit can be downloaded
The Windows Azure SDK for .NET includes a number of signifigant improvements including the Windows
Azure Tools for Visual Studio 2010. These tools include the following.
The Windows Azure HPC Scheduler SDK works with the Windows Azure SDK and contains
modules and features that enable the authoring of high performance computing (HPC) applications that
use large amounts of compute resources.
Microsoft Announces Release of October Windows Azure Platform Training Kit (WAPTK).
November 2, 2011
the release of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – October 2011 Update. The Training Kit
is available as a free download.
The Training Kit includes presentations, hands-on labs (HOLs), and samples to help developers learn how
to build applications utilizing Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and the Windows Azure AppFabric. The new and
updated features include the following:
A significant improvement is Microsoft's updated Web Installer which allows developers to select
which hands-on labs, demos, and presentations to download. Previously the entire training kit
had to be downloaded.
Microsoft Unveils New Features for the SQL Azure Q4 2011 Service Release and SQL Server Management Studio
October 14, 2011
new features to be included the upcoming the SQL Azure Q4 2011 Service Release. The new features will include
New features for SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) were also announced. These features are scheduled to be
shipped in SQL Server 2012 and will also be available on the web as a free download early next year.
Demonstrations of many of the new features can be viewed at the
PASS Summit 2011 Live Keynote Streaming page.
Microsoft Has Released an new SQL Azure Reporting Community Technology Preview (CTP)
October 13, 2011
Gregory Leake announced the
CTP is immediately available to most SQL Azure customers and does not have a limited sign-up capacity. Users can
get the CTP by visiting the
Windows Azure Management Portal where they can start using the
SQL Azure Reporting CTP right away.
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