Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

SQL Server 2008 R2 released - price to jump

, posted: 22-Apr-2010 08:40

Finalised and released to manufacturing (RTM'd) today is Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2. You can download the free version - SQL Server 2008 R2 Express from here. Other editions of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 will be available to download for TechNet and MSDN subscribers from 3 May, with broad availability coming 13 May. Note, it is expected that with this release prices will rise on the 'Per Processor' licenses of SQL Server by between 15% - 25%. It is therefore recommended to purchase any new l (read the entire post)...

Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010

, posted: 20-Apr-2010 04:45

The newest version of Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010 - a toolset to assist in supporting and managing Windows Servers and desktop systems has been launched today.The product is a key to providing management capabilities to smaller and mid sized organistaion who have traditionally not be taken advantage of Microsoft's higher end System Center tools such as Virtual Machine Manager or System Center Operations Manager.Information regarding when Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010 will b (read the entire post)...

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 launches

, posted: 20-Apr-2010 04:45

The latest and most important release of Microsoft's disk, tape and cloud based backup product - DPM 2010 has launched.This release is targeted at supporting backup and disaster recovery of Microsoft's previous and newest products including Exchange Server 2010, Windows Server 200 R2, SharePoint 2010, Hyper-V 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008 R2. DPM 2010 provides the capability for a single server to backup as many as 100 servers, 1000 laptops and 2000 databases.Key additions in DPM 2010 include: Th (read the entire post)...

Microsoft Office 2010 released to manufacturing (RTM)

, posted: 17-Apr-2010 09:53

Today it has been announced by Microsoft that the new Windows version of Office has been finalised for release. It will be available for download within 7 days for Technet and MSDN subscribers, and for Volume License customers with Software Assurance from 27 April.The Windows version of Microsoft Office will be available in a number of versions including a cut-down ad supported edition aimed at home users (will be bundled with low end home PCs and laptops). There is also Office Web App - an onli (read the entire post)...

Silverlight 4 has landed for PC and Mac – coming soon to TVs

, posted: 16-Apr-2010 07:56

Today Microsoft have released Silverlight 4 runtime for Windows and Mac. The download has grown to 6mb for Windows and 8.7mb for Mac. Also finalised are the developer tools. This release comes hot on the heals of the release of Visual Studio 2010 yesterday. Downloads are here: Silverlight 4 Runtime for Windows downloadSilverlight 4 Runtime for Mac downloadSilverlight 4 Development Tools for Visual Studio 2010Expession Blend 4 download (RC)Visual Studio 2010 In addition to be available for Window (read the entire post)...

Windows Server backup landscape changing – Backup Exec 2010, DPM 2010, LTO-5,

, posted: 4-Apr-2010 21:59

For those who rely on Windows Server's around the world, it's critical that backup and data recovery be taken extremely seriously. Fortunately the landscape of options for those tasked with taking care of this is continuing to improve.

In recent weeks some key technologies have landed:

- Symantec Backup Exec 2010 - the next generation of Symantec's flagship backup/recovery product for small to medium enterprises. Includes de-duplication and granular recovery of virtual mach (read the entire post)...

Windows Phone 7 Series to attack iPhone head on

, posted: 16-Feb-2010 06:08

Microsoft revealed today that less than 2 years ago they decided to abandon efforts to update the current Windows Mobile operating to a version 7. Instead, they scrapped all existing plans and decided to start on a new platform from scratch. And it appears Microsoft may have hit a home run - new phones based on this updated Windows technology are likely to beat the iPhone on a number of counts.

As was announced in this blog last year (and picked up by numerous media outlets globally) (read the entire post)...

Gorilla Technology is growing – We need you

, posted: 22-Jan-2010 00:02

Things are off to an exciting start for Gorilla Technology in 2010 so I am keen to find some new additions to our team. I'm looking for people like me - those who really enjoy working with technology and enjoy working with people. Our environment is an exciting one as we work with the very best of technology - and the best of customers who respect us and appreciate the professional role we fulfill for them. It's a challenging environment too because we constantly have the exciting task of testin (read the entire post)...

ISA Server successor released: Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 (TMG 2010)

, posted: 24-Nov-2009 23:19

As I highlighted last week Microsoft have released to manufacturing Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 - aka Forefront TMG 2010.This product is part of Microsoft's strategy to be a key player in the security and protection space long term. As well as a name change, Microsoft have re-positioned the marketing of the product and are now referring to it as a 'Secure Web Gateway'. Apparently since the change in marketing began for ISA Server last year sales have increased dramatically. This doe (read the entire post)...

Silverlight 4 beta released, puts some heat on Adobe

, posted: 19-Nov-2009 09:31

Microsoft have today made available the first public beta of Silverlight 4. Targeted specifically at developers this release brings with it dozens of new features and improvements that are likely to accelerate the uptake of Silverlight by the software and web development community.As well as improvements for running in the browser, Silverlight 4 also brings major integration with Windows and also Office on the desktop for standalone Silverlight applications. Webcam/Mic support, Hardware acceler (read the entire post)...