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Download Microsoft SQL Server 2012 RTM

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 enables a cloud-ready information platform that will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization.
Here is the fully functional trial version which will expire after six months:

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Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell Beta 1

Microsoft® Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell® (pre-release) helps scripters find Windows PowerShell scripts, snippets, modules, and how-to guidance in online repositories such as the TechNet Script Center Repository, PoshCode, local or network file systems and Bing Search Repository. Microsoft® Script Explorer enables:

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Microsoft Flight Launches February 29, 2012

Prepare for takeoff! On the heels of a successful beta, we’re excited to announce that “Microsoft Flight” will be available to download worldwide for free starting February 29, 2012, right here at In addition, the Hawaiian Adventure Pack – which includes the remaining Hawaiian Islands, a new plane and 20 new missions – will be available to purchase the same day through Games for Windows—LIVE.

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PST Capture

PST Capture helps you search your network to discover and then import .pst files across your environment – all from a straightforward admin-driven tool. PST Capture will help reduce risk while increasing productivity for your users by importing .pst files into Exchange Online or Exchange Server 2010 – directly into users’ primary mailboxes or archives.

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Cumulative update package 4 for SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

This update contains hotfixes for issues that were fixed after the release of SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1.

Note The build of this cumulative update package is known as build 10.50.2796.0.

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Security Compliance Manager 2.5 now available for beta download

The latest version the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM) tool—version 2.5—is now available for beta download and review!

NEW baselines include:

  • Exchange Server 2007 SP3 Security Baseline
  • Exchange Server 2010 SP2 Security Baseline
  • Updated client product baselines include:
  • Windows 7 SP1 Security Compliance Baseline
  • Windows Vista SP2 Security Compliance Baseline
  • Windows XP SP3 Security Compliance Baseline
  • Office 2010 SP1 Security Baseline
  • Internet Explorer 8 Security Compliance Baseline

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Released: Update Rollup 6 for Exchange 2007 Service Pack 3

Earlier today the Exchange CXP team released Update Rollup 6 for Exchange Server 2007 SP3 to the Download Center.

This update contains a number of customer-reported and internally found issues since the release of RU5. See KB 2608656: Description of Update Rollup 6 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3′ for more details.

We would like to specifically call out the following fixes which are included in this release:

  • DST Cadence Release for Dec 2011 – Exchange 2007
  • 22656040 An Exchange Server 2007 Client Access server may respond slowly or stop responding when users try to synchronize the Exchange ActiveSync devices with their mailboxes
  • 2498852 "0x80041606" error message when you perform a prefix search by using Outlook in online mode in an Exchange Server 2007 environment
  • 22653334 The reseed process is unsuccessful on the SCR passive node when the circular logging feature is enabled in an Exchange Server 2007 environment
  • 22617784 Journal reports are expired or lost when the Microsoft Exchange Transport service is restarted in an Exchange Server 2007 environment
  • 2289607 The week numbers displayed in OWA do not match the week numbers displayed in Outlook for English users and French users in an Exchange Server 2007 environment

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Microsoft SQL Server 2012 launch March 7th

On March 7th, 2012 this online event will allow you to immerse yourself in the exciting New World of Data with SQL Server 2012. Engage not only Microsoft product teams, but with our partners and our most ground breaking customers. SQL Server 2012 is part of the broadest Data Platforms in technology today. Discover how it enables mission critical confidence, blazing fast performance, and stunning interactive data visualizations.

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Microsoft shows off early attempts at a holodeck

The ultimate goal of virtual reality developers is to recreate the holodeck, first named and shown in Star Trek The Next Generation. In a new video feature on The Verge, the web site is given a tour of Microsoft’s Edison Labs where the goal of the creators is to create truly realistic looking 3D virtual environments without the need for glasses.

Microsoft’s Visual Studio now has Achievements

Achievements are the only thing you need to keep a gamer striving towards their next goal. The premise of a few more virtual points for their effort seems to be enough to drive people to do much more. Channel 9 have realised this, and as WPCentral are reporting, are gleefully making the most of the opportunity, with their own achievement system.

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Microsoft PerfView 1.0

PerfView is a performance analysis tool focusing on ETW information (ETL files) as well as CLR memory information (heap dumps). It can collect and view ETL files as well as XPERF CSV files. Powerful grouping operators allow you to understand performance profiles in ways other tools can’t. PerfView is used internally at Microsoft by a number of teams and is the primary performance investigation tool on the .NET Runtime team. Features include:

  • Non-invasive collection – suitable for use in live, production environments
  • Xcopy deployment – copy and run
  • Memory
    • Support for very large heaps (gigabytes)
    • Snapshot diffing
    • Dump files (.dmp)
  • CPU Performance
    • Support for managed, native, and mixed code
    • Can read XPerf logs
    • Profile diffing

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Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2)

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP2 helps IT Professionals achieve new levels of reliability with greater flexibility, enhanced user experiences, and increased protection for business communications.

  • Flexible and reliable – Exchange Server 2010 SP2 gives you the flexibility to tailor your deployment based on your company’s unique needs and a simplified way to keep e-mail continuously available for your users.
  • Anywhere access – Exchange Server 2010 SP2 helps your users get more done by giving them the freedom to securely access all their communications – e-mail, voice mail, instant messaging, and more – from virtually any platform, Web browser, or device.
  • Protection and compliance – Exchange Server 2010 SP2 delivers integrated information loss prevention, and compliance tools aimed at helping you simplify the process of protecting your company’s communications and meeting regulatory requirements.

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SkyDrive adds app-centric sharing for Office, HTML5 upload and more

In a posting on the Windows Live Blog, the team have announced a bumper update to the SkyDrive service that will start to roll out to end-users in the next couple of hours.

One of the new features is adding more options for sharing files. The new SkyDrive allows people to share items simply by putting in a person’s email address from your address book, including your lists from Facebook, LinkedIn and others. You can also create a URL link to your SkyDrive files that could be set to private viewing only, viewing and editing if you want the person to edit that item or a Public link that let’s everyone check out that file.

Microsoft launches first major Office 365 update

Microsoft Corp. today announced the first major service update for Microsoft Office 365, the company’s next-generation cloud productivity service for businesses of all sizes. The service will also be available to try in 22 additional markets today, including Argentina, Iceland, Indonesia, South Africa and Taiwan.

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IE10 Platform Preview #4 released, only runs on Windows 8

Microsoft has just released its fourth iteration of IE 10 which can be downloaded here. The latest platform preview brings with it even more support for HTML 5 as posted on the IE blog.

Microsoft is fully embracing HTML 5 and it is encouraging developers to start working with the new technology. Microsoft has even put together an IE 10 developers guide which you can read about here.