Big Data Soultion for Enterprises 'Apache Hadoop' on Windows Server & Azure; RDP 8.0 Update; Embedded 8 Standard Release Preview; Dynamics AX 2012 R2 GA Dec 1st

Update 10/27: October update for the SQL Data Sync service is now operational in all Windows Azure data centers. In this update, "users can now create multiple Sync Servers under a single Windows Azure subscription," the Azure team posted.With this feature, "users intending to create multiple sync groups with sync group hubs in different regions […]

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Update 10/27: October update for the SQL Data Sync service is now operational in all Windows Azure data centers. In this update, "users can now create multiple Sync Servers under a single Windows Azure subscription," the Azure team posted.

With this feature, "users intending to create multiple sync groups with sync group hubs in different regions will enjoy performance improvements in data synchronization by provisioning the corresponding Sync Server in the same region where the synchronization hub is provisioned," the team explains.

SQL Data Sync enables creating and scheduling regular synchronizations between Windows Azure SQL Database and either SQL Server or other SQL Databases.

You can read more about SQL Data Sync on MSDN, and chek the Best Practices here.

Microsoft Simplifies Big Data for the Enterprise with the new Apache Hadoop-compatible solutions for Windows Azure and Windows Server enabling customers to easily extract insights from big data.

At the O'Reilly Strata Conference + Hadoop World, Microsoft announced the previews of Windows Azure HDInsight Service and Microsoft HDInsight Server for Windows, that deliver Apache Hadoop compatibility for Windows Azure and Windows Server and simplify deployment of Hadoop-based solutions.

In addition, these solutions enables customers to use the familiar tools of Excel, PowerPivot for Excel and Power View to easily extract actionable insights from the data.

The company also announced today an expanded partnership with Hortonworks, a commercial vendor of Hadoop, to give customers access to an enterprise-ready distribution of Hadoop with the newly released solutions.

The new previews, available today at

Windows Azure HDInsight Service, Microsoft HDInsight Server for Windows: New Apache Hadoop-compatible solutions for Windows Azure and Windows Server

Microsoft also highlighted today this month's release, the addition of Windows Azure Active Directory to Windows Azure Marketplace, that now simplifies the user experience, while access to new content expands your capabilities.

Improved Experience. Now you can use your Windows Azure Active Directory ID (your Office 365 login) to access the Azure Marketplace. "With just a single identity to manage, publishing and promoting--even purchasing--offerings becomes easier. And the process of updating, organizing and managing contact and ecommerce details becomes more secure and streamlined too" the Azure team informs.

New Data Sources. From RegioData Research GmbH, including RegioData Purchasing Power Austria 2012 and RegioData Purchasing Power United Kingdom 2012.

"Purchasing Power refers to the ability of one person or one household to buy goods, services or rights with a given amount of money within a certain period of time. These indices clearly represent the regional prosperity levels and disposable incomes (including primary and transfer income) in Austria and the UK respectively," the said.

New Apps. Finally, new content from High 5 Software, ClearTrend Research, QuickTracPlus, and multiple providers out of Barcelona including Santin e Associati S.r.l. (Tempestive) are now available.

In other news, Remote Desktop Connection 8 Client update for Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 and Windows Embedded POSReady 7 is now available on ECE.

"This update enables users using Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 and Windows Embedded POSReady 7 devices to connect to computers running Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8, and experience the rich user experience delivered by RemoteFX and RDP 8.0," Microsoft stated.

Do make sure you download and install update 2574819 before installing the RDP 8.0 update for Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1, and Windows Embedded POSReady 7.

For further instructions, refer to Knowledge base article KB2592687.

Windows Embedded 8 Standard Release Preview, said to be a replica of what the final product will look like released today to Microsoft Connect.

"Windows Embedded 8 Standard enables OEMs and Enterprises to create embedded devices that can use all of the powerful features that are available in Windows 8." States the email sent to connect users.

Some of the Release Preview's specific highlights include Online Activation as well as USB Filters. Those who download this Release Preview are expected to submit feedback to Microsoft.

You can download from Microsoft Connect page.

The RTM release of Workflow Manager 1.0, a new offering that builds on and extends the capabilities of WF 4.5 is now available. This first release of Workflow Manager has had a strong focus on supporting the upcoming releases of SharePoint Server 2013 and Office 365.

Grab the Workflow Manager 1.0 here.

Update 10/25: Microsoft have reached the release milestone for Service Bus 1.0 and it is now available for download.

""Service Bus for Windows Server (Service Bus 1.0)," is designed to allow enterprise messaging capabilities in a Windows Server-based environment. It enables you to build, test, and run loosely-coupled, message-driven applications in self-managed environments and on developer computers," microsoft stated.

The two primary features of Service Bus 1.0 are:

Service Bus Queues that offer reliable message storage and retrieval with a choice of protocols and APIs. "Use Service Bus queue in your application to provide load leveling by having the message receiver processing messages at its own pace or to provide load balancing by having multiple, competing receivers accepting messages from the same queue," Microsoft said.

Service Bus Topics and Subscriptions offer (in addition to all of the queue's) rich publish-subscribe capabilities allowing multiple, concurrent subscribers to independently retrieve filtered or unfiltered views of the published message stream.

Service Bus 1.0 is available today from the download center, and to quickly get started with install and writing your first application, check out this step-by-step instruction here.

Also, at Microsoft Dynamics AX Tech Conference, the company announced the "General Availability" of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 to be on December 1, 2012.

Customers in 36 countries around the world will find powerful new and enhanced capabilities for organizations across industries. "This release builds on Dynamic Business vision for how organizations can use technology to be more agile and innovative through people who drive impact with the information, connections, and tools they need to make a difference every day," Microsoft writes.

Finally, In response to European Commission announcement on October 24, 2012, Microsoft issued a statement on EU Browser Choice Screen Compliance, stating:

"We take this matter very seriously and moved quickly to address this problem as soon as we became aware of it. Although this was the result of a technical error, we take responsibility for what happened, and we have taken steps to strengthen our internal procedures to help ensure something like this cannot happen again. We sincerely apologize for this mistake and will continue to cooperate fully with the Commission."

Update 10/15: Microsoft has now pledged to make all the necessary modifications in Windows 8, in order to comply with EU requirements before the official debut of today.

"After discussions with the Commission, we are changing some aspects of the way the Browser Choice Screen works on Windows 8 and will have those changes implemented when Windows 8 launches later this week," the company said.

"If a user decides to set a rival browser as the default browser, there should not be unnecessary warning windows or confirmations by the user, and the Internet Explorer icon should also be unpinned from the Start screen. We expect Microsoft to address these issues," EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia was quoted as saying.

Update 10/26: Microsoft completed its validation work and today announced that Microsoft AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server now supports the following platforms.

"No changes were required in AppFabric to run on these platforms, so no updates are required. " Platforms include:

  • .NET 4.5
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows 8 x64 (for development purposes)
  • Windows PowerShell 3.0
  • SQL Server 2012

And, also this week, the company has finished rolling out .NET 4.5 to all of Windows Azure Web Site clusters.

"This means that you can now publish and run ASP.NET 4.5 based apps, and use .NET 4.5 libraries and features (for example: async and the new spatial data-type support in EF), with Windows Azure Web Sites," Microsoft stated.

Microsoft also noted in the post, that in the next few days, it'll also be releasing support for .NET 4.5 and Windows Server 2012 with Windows Azure Cloud Services (Web and Worker Roles) - together with some great new Azure SDK enhancements.