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Xbox 360 players: Oct. 9-11 is Free Multiplayer Weekend!


Free Multiplayer Weekend gives Xbox 360 players the chance to experience one of the major benefits of Xbox Live Gold – playing their favorite Xbox 360 games online competitively or cooperatively with friends and Xbox Live Gold members around the world, writes Major Nelson. … Read more »

Gain deep insight in Azure SQL Data Warehouse through data auditing

Using a simple and intuitive configuration interface, you can now have auditing up and running on your database within minutes, writes Matt Usher, senior program manager for SQL Engineering. Data auditing increases an organization’s ability to gain deep insight into events and changes that occur within a database, including updates … Read more »

Power BI contest winner announced, receives $5,000


A visualization called “Synoptic Panel by SQLBI” has won the Power BI Best Visual Contest, earning the grand prize of $5,000. The contest was a showcase of creative visuals using Power BI, with an emphasis on originality, applicability and the quality of design and code. … Read more »

What the cloud and big data can do for small and midsized businesses

Cloud computing and big data are driving the transformation of businesses, and not just in huge organizations. But how can you use them to help your small or midsized business succeed? The Microsoft cloud brings together business applications and familiar productivity tools, which means you can get a clear view … Read more »

Significant new OpenID certifications for Active Directory Federation Server

Active Directory Federation Server for Windows Server 2016 is now certified as conforming to the Basic OpenID Provider and Implicit OpenID Provider profiles of OpenID Connect. “This is a very significant achievement, because these are the profiles that ensure that the identity provider will interoperate with any standards-compliant relying party,” … Read more »