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SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 Takes Care of Issues

Minor fixes included in this second service pack for SQL Server 2008 R2.

Excel, SharePoint 2013 Previews Sport BI Features

Microsoft's most recent release of its Excel 2013 and SharePoint 2013 previews are designed to show off their BI capabilities.

Missed TechEd? Catch Up Like You Were There

Many TechEd Conference sessions can be accessed online.

Microsoft's Intune Gets a Tune Up

Plus: Patch Tuesday provides the joy of RCE fixes,MySQL flaw classifies incorrect passwords as correct.

UPDATE: Getting Visual Studio 2012 and SSDT to Work Together

In the midst of my playing around with the new SQL Server Data Tools, the Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate came out. So I thought I'd upgrade...

SQL Server Data Tools: A Work in Progress

I've been playing with the new SQL Server Data Tools, and I'm impressed by the way Microsoft has gotten the product out for review and is improving it with user-requested functionality.

'Fastest Consistent Database' Claims MVVM Affinity

In-memory database comes from Starcounter, a Swedish company that announced the world's "fastest consistent database" thanks to patent-pending technology.

Trying Out the OData/WCF Data Services Upgrades

Microsoft released demos of both to get them in front of developers; already there's a wishlist of features from developers. Here's some of my initial thoughts and experiments with them.

Easier Database Development with Visual Studio 11 Beta

LocalDB is making life easier for database developers working in the Visual Studio 11 IDE.

Help: Setting Up a Dev Machine

My current system was downed by eval software, so it's high time I build a dev machine for testing out new stuff.

7 Things You Should Know About Microsoft Certifications Today

What's so big about the MCSE? And what about this recertification thingie if I'm already certified? Answers here.

Microsoft Retools Certification Program for Cloud Skills

Microsoft Learning revives older designations in a reinvention of the certification program that addresses cloud skills.

More Good News for SQL Server Developers

SQL Server developers lead charmed lives: their skills are in high demand, they work with one of the more popular programming languages, their work is prone to attack. Okay, two out of three ain't bad.

Flipping the Light(Switch) Fantastic in Visual Studio 11

Creating an application for Web, devices, and the cloud is easy and fast with LightSwitch. In fact, the only difficulty was installing the darn thing.

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