Windows 8 "Windows Re-Imagined" Listed on Amazon; Internet Explorer 10 Training Kit; SQL Azure Data Sync Agent Preview

Microsoft Windows 8 RTM making its way to TechNet and MSDN subcribers on August 15, with the general availability set to October 26th, 2012, when it will hit shelves on both the new hardware and as a standalone product. The online retaile giant Amazon has created a page, listing the upcoming Windows 8 OS, for […]

Microsoft Windows 8 RTM making its way to TechNet and MSDN subcribers on August 15, with the general availability set to October 26th, 2012, when it will hit shelves on both the new hardware and as a standalone product.

The online retaile giant Amazon has created a page, listing the upcoming Windows 8 OS, for now the page dosen't list the price and stats:

"Microsoft Windows 8
by Microsoft
Platform: Windows

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The new OS is called "Windows Re-Imagined".

Windows 8 Amazon Listing

Microsoft about a week back released the Internet Explorer 10 Training Kit on its Download Center.

"This training kit covers development specifics for developers who will be targeting Internet Explorer 10 in their development experience. This kit contains documentation and details on things pertinent to developing applications that target features of the Internet Explorer 10 browser."

You can download the Internet Explorer 10 Training Kit here (Validation required).

In other Microsoft product, SQL Data Sync Preview 6 has been released to production -- and is a Windows Azure web service that provides data synchronization capabilities for SQL Azure databases.

In this release, there are 2 major improvements:

  • Enhance overall performance on initial provision and sync tasks
  • Enhance sync performance between on-promise databases and Windows Azure SQL databases.

"This download is for the on-premises Data Sync Agent that works in conjunction with the SQL Azure Data Sync service. It enables on-premises SQL Server data to be synchronized with SQL Azure databases. In addition, it can also keep multiple SQL Azure databases in sync," Microsoft stated.

"The Data Sync Agent is installed on a local server and runs as a Windows service. It can be installed on a database server or on any server that can communicate with the SQL Server databases."

"The SQL Server databases to be synchronized are registered with the Agent; it then securely transfers data changes between the SQL Server databases and the SQL Azure Data Sync service," explains the redmond company.

Download the new Agent SQL Azure Data Sync Agent Preview from here.