06

Dec

SQL Server + Java: What’s new
SQL Server + Java: What’s new

Java continues to be one of the most widely used programming languages for a variety of application scenarios and industries. The Microsoft JDBC Driver for SQL Server is used to connect Java applications to SQL Server, whether SQL Server is hosted in the cloud or on-premises, or provided as a platform-as-a-service.

With the release of SQL Server v.Next public preview on Linux and Windows, the ability to connect to SQL Server on Linux, Windows, Docker or macOS (via Docker) makes cross-platform support for all connectors, including the JDBC driver, even more important. To enable Java developers to use the newest SQL Server features, we have been updating the JDBC driver with client-side support for new features, including Always Encrypted and Azure Active Directory Authentication.

We recently open sourced the Microsoft JDBC Driver for SQL Server. In doing so, we included the Java source code on GitHub (under MIT License). By making the project available on GitHub, we hope to facilitate a quicker feedback loop for Java developers. This feedback will be used to inform the prioritization of the developed features to support the variety of Java applications that connect to SQL Server. We want to get the community involved

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06

Dec

Help us improve Power BI internationally!
Help us improve Power BI internationally!

We need your help to test localized and non-English aspects of Power BI! Take one of our surveys and be eligible to win credit on the Microsoft company store.

06

Dec

What it takes to become a business intelligence hero
What it takes to become a business intelligence hero

With Power BI Pro, you’ve learned how to shape data into a unified view in less time and with less effort, so you can deliver valuable business insight to decision makers when they need it. You don’t have to stop there. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talks about using data to change business culture so that, he says, “every organization, every team and every individual is empowered to do great things because of the data at their fingertips.” Now might be the right time for you to use the enhanced functionality in Power BI Pro to become a business intelligence hero—and help build a data culture in your organization.

05

Dec

17 Predictions for 2017, from Women in Microsoft Global Research
17 Predictions for 2017, from Women in Microsoft Global Research

Re-posted from the Official Microsoft Blog.

As we celebrate Computer Science Education Week around the globe, it’s ever more critical for everyone around the globe to be digitally literate. This is particularly true for women and girls, as that one half of the world’s population accounts more barely 20 percent of computer science graduates in 34 OECD countries, according to this report.

An issue cited for the dearth of women in computing is the lack of role models for girls to look up to or connect with. To counter this perception, we asked 17 women in Microsoft’s global research organization to predict the future in their respective fields, not just for 2017, but for 10 years out, and in diverse areas such as:

AI, computer vision, speech and natural language processing.
Machine learning algorithms.
Search and information retrieval.
Biological computation, virtual reality, and more…

Read their predictions at the original post here.

For those of you who wish to support better opportunities for students everywhere to learn computer science, please make your opinions known here.

CIML Blog Team

05

Dec

Congratulations to this month’s Featured Data Stories Gallery submissions

Last month we put out the call for custom visual submissions — along with other topics that interest you — to the Data Stories Gallery, and we got some fantastic entries! Congratulations to the grand winner and seven runners-up. The inspiration topic for December is “retail”: show us a great data story with any kind of retail data and win a Power BI t-shirt and badge of recognition!

02

Dec

Microsoft at NIPS 2016, Barcelona, Where AI is the Buzz
Microsoft at NIPS 2016, Barcelona, Where AI is the Buzz

Re-posted from the Microsoft Research blog.

The 30th annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) is on next week, from December 5th through 10th, in Barcelona.

For those of you who are not familiar with NIPS, it’s an annual machine learning and computational neuroscience conference, featuring many exciting talks, demos, poster presentations and workshops, as well as numerous opportunities to connect with peers from academia and industry. The conference has grown rapidly in recent times, with this years’ event expecting a turnout of over 4,500 attendees.

Microsoft will have a strong presence at NIPS this year, as always. Aside from contributing a tutorial co-chair and invited speakers, we will also be delivering several workshops and over 20 poster presentations at the event. You can browse our NIPS participants’ profiles and their contributions to the conference in this post.

In addition, there’s also an interesting post on NIPS by Christopher Bishop, Distinguished Scientist and Director of the Microsoft Research Labs in Cambridge (UK), where he asserts that real substance, not hype, is behind the palpable excitement around AI at NIPS this year. Computing, Chris feels, is undergoing a profound shift from hand-crafted software to solutions that are learned from data.

02

Dec

What is New and Exciting in Power BI, Power BI Visuals in R and ESRI Deep Dive Webinars Dec 8, 13 and 15

Three terrific and free webinars on PowerBI for your viewing pleasure: What is new and exciting in Power BI, Deep Dive into the ArcGIS Maps for Power BI by Esri and Extending Power BI with R Visuals by Ginger Grant

01

Dec

Using SQL Tools with SQL Server on Linux
Using SQL Tools with SQL Server on Linux

Today, developers can use SQL Server in a variety of environments including on-premises, in datacenters, in virtual machines, in clouds such as Azure, AWS and Google, and also as a Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering with Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Data Warehouse.

We recently announced SQL Server v.Next CTP1 on Linux and Windows, which brings the power of SQL Server to both Windows — and for the first time ever — Linux. Developers can now create applications with SQL Server on Linux, Windows, Docker, or macOS (via Docker) and then deploy to Linux, Windows, or Docker, on-premises or in the cloud.

As part of this announcement, we have released new SQL tools and also updated existing SQL tools. Developers can use these tools to connect to and work with SQL running anywhere, including SQL Server on Linux, Windows or Docker.

New mssql extension for Visual Studio Code: Get the free mssql extension from the VS Code marketplace and connect to SQL running anywhere, get IntelliSense and keyword completion while typing T-SQL queries, and run your queries to see results — all within Visual Studio Code and on Linux/macOS/Windows!
New SQL command line tools for Linux: We’ve

01

Dec

Announcing the Power BI Navigation Preview
Announcing the Power BI Navigation Preview

On the Power BI team, we spend a lot of time listening to customers who are deploying Power BI within their organization.  We are always encouraged to hear stories from customers of how usage of…

01

Dec

Driving Power BI adoption in your organization – Learn how Microsoft does this at scale

BI@Microsoft is a program inside Microsoft IT which is responsible for the BI tools Microsoft employees use. This blog post will look at how we are driving rapid internal adoption of Power BI and influencing the Power BI product group so that it builds a product that meets the needs of large enterprise customers.