Paul Thurrott


Paul Thurrott is senior technical analyst for Windows IT Pro. He writes the SuperSite for Windows, a weekly editorial for Windows IT Pro UPDATE, and a daily Windows news and information newsletter called WinInfo Daily UPDATE.

Microsoft Releases SQL Server CE
The new SQL Server 2000 Windows CE Edition offers small-size portability, familiar tools, and replication features.
Microsoft Gravy Train Grinds to a Halt - 19 Dec 2000 1
According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft President Steve Ballmer has asked his employees to "significantly reduce" expenses and return to the "cost-conscious culture that marked Microsoft's early years."
Oracle to Announce Competition for .NET - 18 Dec 2000
In a bid to become the Microsoft of the Internet age, software giant Oracle is set to announce its plans for a future of Web-based software services.
Microsoft Completes BizTalk Server 2000 - 13 Dec 2000 2
Microsoft on Tuesday announced the completion of BizTalk Server 2000, its XML-enabled Business-to-Business (B2B) solution, and the final 2.0 release of the BizTalk Framework.
Oracle Issues $1 Million Guarantee
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison issued another $1 million challenge this fall.
SQL Server 2000 Sails to New Speed Record
Microsoft and Compaq announced in October that they had set a new TPC-C benchmark record with SQL Server 2000.
Microsoft rebrands, updates its Partner Certification Program - 27 Oct 2000
This week, Microsoft announced that the company is revamping the Microsoft Certified Solution Provider (MCSP) program and renaming it the Microsoft Certified Partner program.
SQL Server Licensing Model to Shift
Microsoft's plans for the .NET future are still coalescing, but the company's change from shrink-wrapped software to Web-delivered services is already affecting SQL Server’s licensing model.
SQL Server: Most Deployed Web Database
Zona Research recently released a study that showed SQL Server as the most used database on the Web.
Microsoft Heads to Yukon
Although Microsoft only recently completed SQL Server 2000, the company has been working on the follow-upcode-named Yukonwhich will take SQL Server fully into the Web-enabled .NET environment.
Microsoft to Release Visual Studio.NET Beta 1 to the Public - 06 Oct 2000
Thanks to Dieter De Preester for the tip: Microsoft's Visual Studio.NET Web site was updated Friday with information about the release of the Beta 1 version of the company's upcoming software development suite
Microsoft Offers SBS 2000 Technology Guarantee 1
Microsoft will include SQL Server 2000 in the release of Small Business Server (SBS).
Microsoft Releases New SQL Server 2000 Benchmark Scores - 21 Sep 2000
SQL Server 2000's new scores comply with the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) requirements that disqualified the company's previous record-setting score.
IBM Trounces TPC-C Benchmark Record
Microsoft's problems with the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) notwithstanding, another rival eclipsed Microsoft’s TPC-C record without any help from Oracle.
Oracle Gets Caught in Garbagegate
Oracle took some heat this summer after hiring a private detective agency to dig up dirt about Microsoft during the Microsoft antitrust trial.

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