This didn’t get a lot of press coverage, but it’s a powerful combination; see the full post for screen shots etc.
Today [Tuesday 2008/10/28] at PDC we are announcing Codename “Huron”, a set of synchronization experiences built on top of the sync functionality in SQL Data Services’ cloud database and the Microsoft Sync Framework to provide business database sharing. Business database sharing offers a simple way to scale data to large numbers of users while not parting from the investment made in current technologies. It also enables users to subscribe and then edit the data locally in the format of their choice whether that is Office Access, SQL Server Express or SQL Server Compact and then push changes into SQL Data Services. The first end-to-end experience we will provide is for Office Access and will allow users to:
- Publish databases to the cloud along with reports, forms and objects
- Subscribe to published data and automatically configure the local database for sync
- Make online changes through SQL Data Services and propagate those changes to subscribed users once they connect
- Enable scheduled and background synchronization of data changes through SQL Data Services and then on to other subscribed users
- Backup and restore of database applications to the cloud