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SQL Server Blog: SQL Server community-driven enhancements in SQL Server 2017

This post was authored by the SQL Server Tiger Team Although SQL Server 2016 runs faster, SQL Server 2017 promises to run even faster and empower customers to run smarter with intelligent database fea...
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Power BI Blog: Power BI Pride 2017: share your pride with the world!

It’s about pride – the pride you have as a Power BI customer, partner, or employee. It’s about pride in your work, and in the work of your fellow business intelligence experts. Last year we aske...
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Power BI Blog: Tech Tip Thursday: Guy in a Cube's favorite Power BI feature?

Microsoft's Guy in a Cube has been providing tips and tricks for Power BI and Business Intelligence on his YouTube channel since 2014. Occasionally on Thursdays we highlight a different helpful video ...
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Paul Randall: How are default column values stored?

An interesting question came up in class yesterday: how is a default column value stored, and what if some rows exist when a column is added and then the default value changes? An example scenario ...
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Power BI Blog: Power BI Mobile apps feature summary – April 2017

We are happy to share with you all of the recent features and improvements that we’ve released for the Power BI Mobile apps. This month we mainly focused on improving the quality of our apps, making...
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Paul Randall: October 2017 classes in Chicago open for registration

I’ve just released our final set of 2017 classes for registration, including the new two-day class on Azure and the new three-day class on upgrading and migrating. Our classes in October will be...
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SQL Server Blog: Get to cloud faster with a new database migration service private preview

  Last week at the Microsoft Data Amp online event, Microsoft announced a private preview for a new database migration service that will streamline the process for migrating on-premises databases...
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Power BI Blog: Don't miss these Power BI Mobile Sessions at the Data Insights Summit

The Microsoft Data Insights Summit is our user conference for business analysts — and the place to be for those who want to create a data-driven culture at their organization. Now in its second year...
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Power BI Blog: Introducing the Quick Measures Gallery

In the April release of Power BI Desktop we release a powerful feature called 'quick measures' that helps create DAX measures based on templates for common patterns and expressions. You can submit you...
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Paul Randall: SQLskills SQL101: Restoring to an earlier version

As Kimberly blogged about recently, SQLskills is embarking on a new initiative to blog about basic topics, which we’re calling SQL101. We’ll all be blogging about things that we often see done ...
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Paul Randall: New course: Understanding and Using Azure SQL Database

And to coincide with our new training class on Azure, we’ve just published a new Pluralsight course on Azure too! Tim’s latest Pluralsight course – SQL Server: Understanding and Using Azu...
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SQL Server Blog: Graph Data Processing with SQL Server 2017

SQL Server is trusted by many customers for enterprise-grade, mission-critical workloads that store and process large volumes of data. Technologies like in-memory OLTP and columnstore have also helped...
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SQL Server Blog: Resumable Online Index Rebuild is in public preview for SQL Server 2017 CTP 2.0

We are delighted to announce that Resumable Online Index Rebuild is now available for public preview in the SQL Server vNext 2017 CTP 2.0 release. With this feature, you can resume a paused index rebu...
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Power BI Blog: May and June Webinars: Power BI Security, Best Practices from the Microsoft Operations Team, Power BI Embedded, Marco Russo on Design and more!

May and June Webinars: Power BI Security, Best Practices from the Microsoft Operations Team, Power BI Embedded, Marco Russo on Design and more!...
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Power BI Blog: Meet 1:1 with a Microsoft expert at Microsoft Data Insights Summit - book your appointment today!

Learn how to get the most from your data — and the Microsoft tools you use every day — at the Microsoft Data Insights Summit, the company’s user conference for business analysts. Now in its seco...
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Paul Randall: New class: Immersion Event on Upgrading SQL Server

We have a second exciting new class debuting this October in Chicago: Immersion Event on Upgrading SQL Server. It’s a 3-day class, taught by Glenn Berry and Tim Radney. We’ve seen a huge surg...
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Paul Randall: New class: Immersion Event on Azure SQL Database and Azure VMs

We have a really cool new class debuting this October in Chicago: Immersion Event on Azure SQL Database and Azure VMs. It’s a 2-day class, taught by Tim Radney. Azure is getting more and more popul...
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SQL Server Blog: Python in SQL Server 2017: enhanced in-database machine learning

We are excited to share the preview release of in-database analytics and machine learning with Python in SQL Server. Python is one of the most popular languages for data science and has a rich ecosyst...
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SQL Server Blog: Delivering AI with data: the next generation of Microsoft’s data platform

This post was authored by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Data Group Leveraging intelligence out of the ever-increasing amounts of data can make the difference between being the nex...
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SQL Server Blog: Introducing Microsoft R Server 9.1 release

This post is authored by Nagesh Pabbisetty, Partner Director of Program Management at Microsoft. Expert data scientists are adopting Advanced Analytics and Machine Learning at a rising rate. The adopt...
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SQL Server Blog: SQL Server 2017 Community Technology Preview 2.0 now available

Microsoft is excited to announce a new preview for the next version of SQL Server!  We disclosed a name for this next release, SQL Server 2017, today at the Microsoft Data Amp event. Community Techno...
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Power BI Blog: Connecting to datasets in the Power BI service from Desktop

In the April update of Power BI Desktop, we released the ability to connect to datasets in the Power BI service. This feature allows you to create new reports off existing datasets you've already…...
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Power BI Blog: How Microsoft uses Power BI to run its growing cloud business

Today Microsoft is hosting an online event called Data Amp to share how to make the most of data to accelerate the pace of business innovation. The transformative power of data is a popular topic amon...
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SQL Server Blog: Top three capabilities to get excited about in the next version of SQL Server

We announced the first public preview of SQL Server v.Next in November 2016, and since then we’ve had lots of customer interest, but a few key scenarios are generating the most discussion. If you’...
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Power BI Blog: Community Blog Highlights

Have you visited the Power BI Community blog lately? We want to hear what’s got you thinking about Power BI and Business Intelligence! Blog posts can be anything from opinion pieces on the latest in...
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SQL Server Blog: Crossplatform Tools for SQL Server opened for community localization

This post was authored by Mona Nasr and Andy Gonzalez, Program Manager in C+E APEX Global Services In February 2017, we announced that the localization of Crossplatform Tools for SQL Server (mssql fo...
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SQL Server Blog: Five reasons to run SQL Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016 – No. 4: Reach insights faster by running analytics at the point of creation

This is the fourth post in a five-part blog series. Keep an eye out for upcoming posts and catch up on the first, second, and third in the series. In addition, join us for Microsoft Data Amp on April ...
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Power BI Blog: Experience your data with Power BI Germany and meet your compliance and regulatory needs

Power BI Germany delivers business visual analytics through a unique data trustee and data residency model in Germany to address the needs of the most regulated customers in Germany, the European Unio...
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SQL Server Blog: Five ways Microsoft helps you do amazing things with data in the cloud

Microsoft can help you do amazing things with your data in the cloud! Here are five examples to help you get started. If you’d like more information about using the cloud to get the most from your d...
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Power BI Blog: Analyzing United States County Data Trends with SandDance for Data Storytelling

What do you get when you combine a passion for data and Microsoft Power BI with an interest in U.S. politics, social economic and cultural trends? You receive compelling reports covering election data...
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Power BI Blog: Learn how to “think like a Freak” with Freakonomics authors at Microsoft Data Insights Summit

With more than 5 million copies sold in 40 countries, Freakonomics is a worldwide phenomenon, and we’re thrilled to announce that authors Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner will join us for a special ...
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SQL Server Blog: Five reasons to run SQL Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016 – No. 3: database uptime and reliability

This is the third post in a five-part blog series. Keep an eye out for upcoming posts and catch up on the first and second in the series. In addition, join us for Microsoft Data Amp on April 19 at 8 a...
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Power BI Blog: Get ready for the new Power BI navigation experience

Across many organizations, Power BI has become a pervasive tool to share insights. For some of our largest customers, users have so much Power BI content available to them they are seeking new ways…...
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Power BI Blog: Join the Ask a Partner Anything live event today!

We're celebrating the launch of the Video Gallery with our first Ask a Partner Anything Event, featuring Critical Path CEO and video instructor Ted Pattison. Ted has authored an hour-long video on Dev...
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SQL Server Blog: The top 5 reasons to upgrade to SQL Server 2016

Upgrading your software can be daunting, we know. The fast pace of business makes it easy to tell yourself, “I’ll do it later when I have time.” We get it! But here are five key reasons to make ...
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SQL Server Blog: Meet SQL Server’s biggest fan, KillaDBA

This post was authored by Jennifer Moser, Data Platform Community Lead, Microsoft Atlanta-based Homer McEwen has been a database administrator for more than 20 years. But it’s what he does in his sp...
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Power BI Blog: Quick Measures Preview

Quick measures, a new feature we released in our April Power BI Desktop update, lets you quickly create new measures based on measures and numerical columns in your table. These new measures become…...
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SQL Server Blog: Learn how to build the next generation of intelligent apps at this free Microsoft AI Workshop

The Microsoft AI Immersion Workshop is being held on Tuesday, May 9th, at the W Hotel in Seattle. If you are a developer interested in creating the next generation of intelligent apps and enterprise-g...
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SQL Server Blog: SQL Server Command Line Tools for Mac: Preview now available

This post was authored by Meet Bhagdev, Program Manager, Microsoft We are excited to announce the availability of the preview for SQL Server Command Line Tools (sqlcmd and bcp) on Mac OS. The sqlcmd u...
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Power BI Blog: Power BI Desktop April Feature Summary

This month we are delivering a number of great capabilities. We are introducing Quick measures, which is a huge update to our Quick Calcs experience. We have some very exciting updates in both data co...
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Power BI Blog: Power BI Service March Feature Summary

It’s been another exciting month for Power BI! Join us as we recap all the features that we’ve released in the Power BI service this month. A few general notes before we continue: the features th...
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Power BI Blog: Announcing our great lineup of featured speakers for the Microsoft Data Insights Summit!

We recently shared our full session catalog for this year’s Microsoft Data Insights Summit. This week we want to highlight some of the featured speakers we’ll have at the event. The Data Insights ...
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SQL Server Blog: Technical Preview: Database Experimentation Assistant

This post was authored by Christina Lee, Program Manager – SEALS Team Overview Database Experimentation Assistant (DEA) is a new A/B testing solution for SQL Server upgrades. It will assist in e...
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Power BI Blog: Announcing the View Related Content Pane: Faster Results with Fewer Clicks

Today, I am excited to announce the view related content feature in Power BI service. Now, users will be able to easily jump between related dashboards, reports and datasets....
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Power BI Blog: A sneak preview of the new Add Column From Examples data transformation

Have you ever had trouble figuring out what data transformations you needed to apply on your data in order to get out the desired output? Or, maybe, you knew what data transformations you wanted to ap...
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SQL Server Blog: Five reasons to run SQL Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016 – No. 2: Performance and cost

This is the second blog in a five-part series. Keep an eye out for upcoming posts and read the first post in the series, Five reasons to run SQL Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016, part 1. Imagine yo...
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Power BI Blog: Announcing the new Power BI Video Gallery and Ask a Partner Anything live event

Ready to take a quick break and learn a new Power BI trick? We've got you covered! Announcing the latest community resource, the Power BI Video Gallery! The Video Gallery is a place for community rock...
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Paul Randall: SQLskills SQL101: Switching recovery models

As Kimberly blogged about recently, SQLskills is embarking on a new initiative to blog about basic topics, which we’re calling SQL101. We’ll all be blogging about things that we often see done ...
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SQL Server Blog: Build intelligent applications with help from Microsoft App Accelerate

Today’s exec is rudely awakened daily to ever-changing customer expectations. Last year’s huge investments were popular for a few months, but suddenly the “next big thing” is turning attention...
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