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A new version of SQL Server 2005, codenamed Yukon, is to be launched at a gala event at the Moscone Center in San Francisco today. As the next version of Microsoft's flagship database management platform, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 is being unveiled by Mike Tuchen, general manager for SQL Server at Microsoft Corp. SQL Server 2005 features significant enhancements in Enterprise Data management, Developer Productivity and Business Intelligence. First benchmarks for SQL Server 2005, says Microsoft, have established it as the price and performance leader among enterprise database management platforms. Microsoft is also launching today both Visual Studio 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006. The latter, as its name suggests, vwill be released next year. Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer kicked off the event by highlighting the tens of thousands of customers and partners... (more)

SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services Offers Ease of Use, Rich Functionality

Microsoft has released the first service pack (SP1) for Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services. Reporting Services is an open and extensible reporting platform that can increase business insight by providing real-time information from any data source to any device. Reporting Services SP1 is available to SQL Server 2000 customers free via Web download and includes enhancements that increase functionality, performance and security. Key features of SP1 include support for exporting reports to Excel 97 and 2000, improvements in the PDF rendering extension for pagination and mat... (more)

Microsoft Brings Lotus Notes Founder Ray Ozzie On Board As CTO

"Ray and his team are true innovators," said Bill Gates yesterday as Microsoft announced that it's acquiring Ray Ozzie's company, Groove Networks, Inc. "Microsoft and its customers will greatly benefit from their experience," Gates continued. "After working with Ray for years as a close partner, it will be great to have him on our senior leadership team." Ozzie's Groove Networks is a leading provider of collaboration software for the "virtual office," so the deal unites two top innovators of technology that help geographically distributed workgroups be as productive as those that... (more)

Microsoft Changes Vista for Google

Microsoft has cut a deal with the US government and is going modify Vista to hush Google's complaints that it discourages users from using Google's local desktop search as opposed to Vista's own desktop "Instant Search." The move comes after Google charged Microsoft with violating its 2002 consent decree with the government on the theory that the search facility is middleware and basically a controlled substance subject to the Final Judgment. Google's problem is that the Vista search can't be turned off and when the two run together the operation is as slow as molasses in January... (more)

Microsoft Named "Gold Sponsor" of AJAXWorld Conference & Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today that Microsoft joined AJAXWorld Conference & Expo as "Gold Sponsor." Microsoft technologies enable designers and developers to create next generation web experiences. With frameworks like ASP.NET AJAX, developers can quickly create pages with sophisticated, responsive user interfaces and more efficient client-server communication by simply adding a few server controls to your pages. Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. More... (more)