Monday, August 15, 2005

MS Hosted Labs Rock

If you're interested in getting a peek at some of the new stuff coming out of Microsoft, but you don't have the nerve to put any of it on your own equipment, Microsoft has put something together that you might find very interesting.

The Visual Studio Hosted Experience lets you run an actual copy of SQL Server 2005 or Visual Studio 2005, etc., remotely. You have to use IE and there is an activeX control that gets installed, so be prepared for that.

Each of the labs takes about 30 -45 minutes to complete an just gives you a taste of the software in most cases. I took the SQL Server one for a test drive. The studio looks pretty cool. There are tons of changes in there from sql2000, too. MS did a pretty good job with sql2000 for the bulk of their target market, so it feels like they are really trying to pull out all the stops to top it with sql2005. I'm sure they are aware that it is going to be VERY difficult to get people to upgrade their sql installs.

At this point, many people would wrap up by saying "Anyways, check it out", but I won't. That plural "Anyways" drives me freekin' nuts! Doesn't the "Any" part of the word preclude the necessity of making it plural? I'm not picking on anybody in particular, I've seen it about a dozen times this weekend. But, if you're one of the people that insists on making words plural unnecessarily, I thinks yous shoulds stops it's (<-- unnecesary appostrophe).

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