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Microsoft execs also used TechEd this week to go deeper on what's coming in the next version of SQL Server, codenamed "Denali." This slide compares the technology priorities for the past two SQL Server releases with the coming Denali release. Microsoft so far has delivered two Community Technology Previews of Denali. The third will be coming later this summer, officials said this week. The SQL Server team still won't say when it plans to deliver the final release of SQL Server; there's been talk that it could be very late in 2011 or some time in 2012.
This TechEd slide includes three words that, not so long ago, you'd never see on a Microsoft-approved slide: iPhone, iPad and Android. Earlier this year, Microsoft officials said the company is planning to offer technology (System Center Configuration Manager 2012) that will help IT admins manage these non-Microsoft platforms. At TechEd, Microsoft's message was that it also will help developers write for these platforms, as well, using its development tools.
As my readers know, I have an unnatural love for architectural diagrams. This one caught my eye, as it breaks down into layers the various pieces of the Microsoft platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering, which is Azure. The solid blue boxes are the pieces of Azure that are already available; the dotted-line boxes are pieces that are coming over the next several months.