ODBC DM 3.81 in the Next Release of Windows (code-named Windows “8” and Windows Server “8”)

We’re excited to announce Microsoft ODBC Driver Manager (DM) version 3.81. It will be released in the next release of Windows (code-named Windows “8” and Windows Server “8”).  What’s New in Version 3.81? Compared to ODBC DM 3.80 that shipped in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, there are two major new features in… Read more

ODBC DSN Management in the Next Release of Windows (code-named Windows “8” and Windows Server “8”)

We’re pleased to announce two new improvements for ODBC Data Source Name (DSN) Management that will beavailable in the next release of Windows (code-named Windows “8” and Windows Server “8”).  What’s New? Improved User Interface in ODBC Data Source Administrator Panel (ODBCAD32) In the past, you may have been confused by the ODBC DSN on… Read more

Available Today: Preview Release of the SQL Server [C/C++] ODBC Driver for Linux

In our continued commitment to interoperability, we are very excited to announce the availability of a preview release of the SQL Server ODBC Driver for Linux! This release will allow native developers to access Microsoft SQL Server from Linux operating systems. To assist our customers with native applications on multi-platform we have ported our existing,… Read more

Annual SQL Connectivity Customer Survey

Greetings to the Developer community: Microsoft SQL Server team has been interacting on a regular basis with the developers and users in the form of surveys. During the last 2 years, we completed surveys that focused on the broad SQL Connectivity components that address major development platforms, including ODBC, ADO.NET, JDBC and PHP. These surveys… Read more

Data + Application Services + Sync= “It’s Still All Data” (the new again-expanded Data Developer Center)

Last November, at the start of the 2009 PDC, we launched an expanded Data Developer Center that incorporated XML and SQL Server Modeling (formerly “Oslo”) technologies. It was a challenge to create a site structure that could accommodate eight or more distinct technologies under one roof, but it seemed to work well and allowed space… Read more

Data + XML + “Oslo” = “It’s All Data” (the new Data Developer Center)

After some months of planning and execution, we’re delighted to present you with the newly redesigned and expanded Data Developer Center on MSDN! The expanded part here comes from the fact that the Data DevCenter is now home to what used to be two other separate centers, XML and “Oslo”. Actually, the XML DevCenter already… Read more

Breaking Down ‘Data Silos’ – The Open Data Protocol (OData)

This morning at PDC and on the ADO.NET Data Services team blog, we announced the Open Data Protocol (OData).  OData which was previously known informally as the “data services protocol“, is an open protocol for sharing data that provides a way to break down data silos and increase the shared value of data by creating an… Read more

VS2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 Announced Today!

Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 are now available for download by MSDN subscribers and will available to the rest of the world on Wednesday. Beta 2 as well the VS2010 Launch date of March 22, 2010 were announced this morning on Soma’s blog. Included in Beta 2 are some great… Read more

Microsoft wants to hear your opinion

It is this time of the year when our product team takes a step back, reviews the priorities and goals for the long term and identifies areas that we want to investment in. We view YOU and your organization as a key stakeholder in this process and would like to gather your inputs in this… Read more

ADO.NET Data Services v1.5 CTP2 available for download

ADO.NET Data Services v1.5 CTP2 is now available for download! This is the second tech preview release of the next version of ADO.NET Data Services.  This release (v1.5) will target the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 & Silverlight 3 platforms and provide new client and server side features for data service developers.  What’s included in CTP2?… Read more