SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 and Documentation Released

Hi everybody! here is a new Christmas present for you all — the release of SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 (SP3), and supporting documentation, including: SQL Server 2005 SP3 Download Updated SQL Server 2005 Feature Pack  Updated SQL Server 2005 Books Online for download on the Microsoft Download Center Updated SQL Server 2005 Books…

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SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Technical Reference Guide Now Available

I am pleased to announce the availability of the SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Technical Reference Guide. This 490-page white paper covers the essential phases and steps to upgrade existing instances of SQL Server 2000 and 2005 to SQL Server 2008 by using best practices. These include preparation tasks, upgrade tasks, and post-upgrade tasks. It is…

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Videos for Data Mining Add-Ins for Office 2007

Think we’re slowing down with the holidays right around the corner? Not so!  Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Data Mining Add-ins for Microsoft Office 2007 (Data Mining Add-ins) helps you take advantage of SQL Server 2008 predictive analytics in Office Excel 2007 and Office Visio 2007. You can download the Data Mining Add-ins from the Microsoft…

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Announcing New Technology Page Design

The SQL Server Developer Center on MSDN and TechCenter on TechNet contain what are called “navigation pages” because their primary purpose is to navigate you to more information and resources. For example, one path you might take starting from the Developer Center home page is to click Versions under the home tab, then SQL Server…

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New SQL Server Videos from the Documentation team

Hi all, I am pleased to announce that the SQL Server User Education team has just published its first set of video content. You can find the initial eight videos in the MSDN Library at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc952928.aspx. We will publish more videos here over time as well. Feedback is very important, both positive (to let us know what we’re…

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Social Bookmarking on MSDN and TechNet Now Available

Hey everybody, MSDN and TechNet have now released their v1 of social bookmarking technology. This is very cool and will help you find SQL Server documentation and content much more easily, as well as share your bookmarks with others in the community. The MSDN social bookmark site is at http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/ and the TechNet one is at…

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SQL Server 2008 Books Online Now Available

I am very pleased to announce that SQL Server 2008 Books Online is now available for download on the Microsoft Download Center in 11 languages. The final version of the documentation is now currently being published to the MSDN Library and TechNet Library, and should appear at those locations soon.   To read more about the…

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Annotating SQL Server Books Online

With Release Candidate (RC0) of SQL Server 2008, we have now enabled the Community Content feature on the SQL Server 2008 Books Online. This is the same feature that has been enabled on the SQL Server 2005 version of the documentation for about a year now. While not intended as a means to ask questions…

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SQL Server 2008 Release Candidate Now Available!

We’re getting very close to the final release of SQL Server 2008, and I am pleased to inform you all that as of today the Release Candidate (RC0) version is now available for download. SQL Server 2008 RC0 is available in the following languages: Simplified Chinese Traditional Chinese English French German Italian Japanese Korean Spanish…

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SQL Server Driver for PHP (May 2008) now released!

Hi everybody! Just because we’re very busy putting the finishing touches on the SQL Server 2008 documentation, doesn’t mean that we stop releasing other things too! In fact, we just released the next Community Technology Preview (CTP) release of the SQL Server Driver for PHP. Documentation for this release is included in the package which…

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