I'm at the PASS Summit, and announcements are coming out nice and fast. One of the big ones that has just been made is that SQL Server will work much more closely with Apache Hadoop. Amazing stuff, that I think helps people realise that Microsoft is very much about providing platforms, and isn't trying to stop you from using your other platforms either.
So in the "coming soon", there were:
- Apache Hadoop-based distribution for Windows Server and Windows Azure
- ODBC Driver and Add-in for Excel, both for Apache Hive
I'm not doing anything with Hadoop myself, but I know plenty of people do, and this is really good news!