Microsoft Announces the General Availability of SQL Server 2012, Releases Second Preview of Hadoop Services on Azure

by STB Blogger

Microsoft is excited to announce the general availability (GA) of SQL Server 2012 for purchase and download. SQL Server 2012 and Microsoft’s data platform enable customers to unlock simple, actionable insights from their most complex data. SQL Server 2012 has already been deployed for production use by hundreds of global, industry-leading customers, such as Volvo Car Corp., Revlon, the HSN, Klout and LG Chemical. 

Interested customers can download trial versions of SQL Server 2012 here. Also, for more information about SQL Server 2012, check out the virtual launch event and read today’s SQL Server Team Blog.

Microsoft is also releasing the second Preview of the Hadoop based service for Windows Azure.  This preview enables customers to enrich their data by connecting to data and intelligence outside their firewalls.  Customers interested in signing up for the latest preview should visit  To learn more about the preview, check out today’s SQL Server Team Blog.