Tag Archives: Microsoft

A $3 Billion Donation

Earlier this week, Microsoft agreed to grant royalty free licenses for 60,000 of its patents for Open Invention Network (OIN) members as it joins the group. The patents include a number that affect Android, Linux, OpenStack, and more. As recently as a … Continue reading

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The Ever Expanding Data Platform

This past week was the 2018 Ignite conference from Microsoft, where we had a number of announcements about the data platform. You can rewatch some of the sessions from the event, and I might recommend the keynotes to see some of the … Continue reading

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SOS to ADS

When Microsoft announced SQL Operations Studio last year, I wasn’t thrilled. The move to a VS Code shell was less of a concern to me than having a better SSMS toolset. Actually, with VS moving to MacOS, I was hoping … Continue reading

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The Data Submarine

For some reason, this came to mind: under the sea, under the sea. That’s what I thought of as I was reading about Microsoft sinking a data center. There are probably jokes to be made about Microsoft and sinking, though they’re less … Continue reading

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Microsoft and GitHub

I started using git with GitHub. I thought their hosted service was fantastic, and have seen quite a few companies using private repos for their internal code, including my employer, Redgate. I see companies from Five Thirty Eight to releasing their data to … Continue reading

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A New New Microsoft

Microsoft is changing again. Microsoft is reorganizing and the head of Windows, Terry Myerson, is leaving. The reorganization isn’t that surprising, as like most large companies, Microsoft usually does something each year. What is interesting is that they are moving away from … Continue reading

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A True Lift and Shift

Microsoft bought a data center. That’s not news, after all, they’ve been building and buying data centers for some time as they look to expand their Azure footprint, as well as continue to power their own internal systems. As they’ve grown, they’ve also learned … Continue reading

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Decouple the Tools

For years, SQL Server included a complete set of add-ons with the main product. We got SSIS, SSRS, and more as part of an integrated installation. This also included things like Books Online and various tools, such as Profiler, bcp, … Continue reading

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Creating a Books Online Pull Request

One of the neat things at Microsoft did last year was put Books Online in GitHub. This is in the MicrosoftDocs org under the sql-docs repo. The organization is a bit funny, but once you get used to it, you … Continue reading

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Voting for Change

Microsoft does listen to us. They’ve made a number of changes in SQL Server 2016/2107 in response to community votes and requests. The main way to make these is through Connect, though keep in mind that lots of items get filed, … Continue reading

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