Data has always had the power to transform business and Microsoft SQL Server and the Microsoft Data Platform have been at the heart of that transformation. The new wave of groundbreaking Microsoft solutions with SQL Server 2014 and Power BI address your needs for mission-critical performance and availability, faster insights on any data, and greater efficiency and flexibility. We’re excited to take you inside the technologies behind these database and business intelligence solutions—both on-premise and in the cloud. Learn more about SQL Server 2014, the next release of SQL Server. SQL Server 2014 delivers higher performance on large volumes of data with our new In-Memory OLTP technology as well as greater availability through our hybrid disaster recovery and backup solutions. Explore Power BI for Office 365, our new cloud-based BI solution that empowers you to search, discover, and access data within and outside your organization and unlock insights with rich visualizations using familiar tools on any device. See Microsoft Azure SQL Database in action, delivering predictable performance for business-critical applications in the cloud. Learn how to take advantage of these and other technologies to add greater value to your organization.
Join MVP David O'Brien in finding out how to manage your infrastructure with Desired State Configuration the easy way. This session will demonstrate how you define the way you want a computer to look like, how to deploy that configuration, how little infrastructure one needs to get there and how DSC enforces that configuration. All that, with nearly no need to know Powershell. This session will enable you to go and automate stuff the easy way and probably secure your next pay rise!
Windows and Windows Phone have a converged Live Tiles platform and development model. In Windows Phone 8.1 you’ll be able to do great new things with the Tiles Platform and this session is targeted at helping you understand several critical tiles topics. We talk about our converged WNS push platform and about migrating your tiles from a Windows Phone 8.0 app to a Windows Phone 8.1 app and how to best take advantage of the new Tile Templates and scenarios available to you using the converged model on Windows Phone 8.1.
Windows powers the App platform on Xbox One but how different or similar is the Xbox One app platform to Windows? How is Windows adapted to provide an amazing 10’ experience on Xbox Live? This session will cover how many of the great features you love on Windows are utilized on Xbox One to drive the experience and delight end-users.