San Francisco, California – (The Hosting News) – November 8, 2005 – Software giant, Microsoft, presided over a gathering of customers and partners awaiting the launch of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 and the upcoming release of BizTalk Server 2006.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer kicked off the event by highlighting the tens of thousands of customers and partners that played a major role in the product development process, providing ongoing input to deliver the next evolution in Microsoft’s application platform. Ballmer showed that with today’s launch, Microsoft Corp. is delivering a broad family of developer tools and server software that enable businesses to better connect their people, business processes and information, and give customers the ability to make better decisions faster.
According to Mr. Ballmer, ”Through deep collaboration with our customers and partners, today we’re delivering powerful new platform capabilities with unprecedented integration between the server infrastructure and development tools. We’re enabling people to gain more insight into their businesses and play an even bigger role in the success of their organizations.”
The advancements Microsoft is delivering with Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006 build on the foundation put in place over the last several years with significant investments in Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft .NET, providing developers and IT professionals with a dependable application platform that has underlying support for web services and service orientation capabilities.
The deeper integration of the server and tools with today’s releases enables a host of innovative scenarios and range of new capabilities:
— Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0 enable developers and development teams to build high-performance, security-enhanced and reliable solutions using an enterprise-ready development platform. Visual Studio 2005 features an expanded set of tools including Visual Studio Team System, an extensible life-cycle tools platform that enables collaboration among software development teams to deliver modern service-oriented solutions.
— Microsoft SQL Server 2005 provides an integrated data management and analysis platform that helps organizations reliably manage mission- critical information and confidently run complex business applications. With embedded reporting and data analysis tools included with SQL Server 2005, companies can gain greater insight from their business information.
— BizTalk Server 2006 delivers new features that enable enterprises to better monitor, manage and deploy their mission-critical business processes. In addition, Microsoft announced that it will include 16 new integration adapters in BizTalk Server 2006 Enterprise and Standard editions at no additional charge to customers. The move gives customers native interoperability to industry-leading business applications such as PeopleSoft, Siebel, Oracle Database Connector and Oracle Application Suite.
More details on today’s announcement are available in the press release section of the Microsoft website: www.microsoft.com/presspass.
Further information on the SQL Server 2005 benchmarks can be found at: www.microsoft.com/sql/prodinfo/compare/benchmarks.mspx.
In addition, the .NET Framework 2.0 benchmarks may be found at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/java/compare.