Microsoft Rolls Out SQL Server 2008... Finally!

These are exciting times for the Microsoft SQL Server database community of customers, administrators and developers. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 was released to manufacturing just yesterday, Thursday.

So what's in it for you?

With SQL Server 2008, Microsoft is adding a number of features to improve scalability. New capabilities include support for policy-based management, auditing, large-scale data warehousing, geospatial data and advanced reporting and analysis services.

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Editions

Microsoft plans to release seven editions of SQL Server 2008, including Enterprise, Standard, Workgroup, Web, Developer, Express and Compact 3.5.

The 180-day trial version is available for download from Microsoft. SQL Server 2008 Express and SQL Server Compact editions are also available for free download. And get this! Microsoft has said pricing for SQL Server will not increase with the new release.

Go get your copy and start playing with it now! Remember that Microsoft Dynamics GP is also compatible with SQL Server 2008.

On a personal note, you have to like the intellisense capabilties in SQL Server Management Studio query editor if you are a developer.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MIS, MVP, MCP, PMP
Maximum Global Business, LLC


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