SQL Server 2008 has gone Gold

The wait is finally over. Microsoft has today released the long awaited successor to the 2005 version in the form of SQL Server 2008. The lucky MSDN and TechNet subscribers can now immediately download this latest edition to the SQL Server family while others can try Express edition for free at http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver

Excerpt From Microsoft PressPass:

Microsoft Corp. today announced the release to manufacturing of Microsoft SQL Server 2008, the new version of the company's acclaimed data management and business intelligence platform. This version of SQL Server provides powerful new capabilities such as support for policy-based management, auditing, large-scale data warehousing, geospatial data, and advanced reporting and analysis services. SQL Server 2008 provides the trusted, productive and intelligent platform necessary for business-critical applications.

"Microsoft developed this release of SQL Server with the customer in mind," said Ted Kummert, corporate vice president of the Data and Storage Platform Division at Microsoft. "SQL Server 2008 is the only major database that includes comprehensive, tightly integrated functionality for data management as well as advanced business intelligence out of the box. By offering a complete solution, we save customers time and money and allow them to focus on deriving the most value from their data assets."


SQL Server 2008 is available in following editions:

· SQL Server 2008 Enterprise

· SQL Server 2008 Standard

· SQL Server 2008 Workgroup

· SQL Server 2008 Web

· SQL Server 2008 Developer

· SQL Server 2008 Express

· SQL Server Compact 3.5

SQL Server 2008 was originally scheduled to ship with Visual Studio 2008 and Windows Server 2008 in this years HEROES launch event but since SQL Server 2008 wasnt ready for prime time in February, it was slipped to release in Q4 of 2008.

View: Microsoft Press Release
Download: Download SQL Server 2008 Express
Link: Redmond Pie

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Unfortunately, if you are running Visual Studio 2008, you have to wait until SP1 for that is released before you can install SQL Server 2008. And the Beta2 of SP1 for VS2008 is not accepted.

sound like a performance update of sql server 2005 and it is good.

But yet the sql express 2008 is still in the CTP stage.

(Magallanes said @ #2)
sound like a performance update of sql server 2005 and it is good.

But yet the sql express 2008 is still in the CTP stage.

No express is RTM too... you can get the RTM version in the enterprise RTM download as one of the possible installation levels

Before anyone scrreams "it was delayed haha!" it is out late because they took time to make sure it worked right at launch, they COULD of launched it in feb, but with reduced func and problems, kinda like how SQL 2005 was with missing reatures (that where added in at SP1) but this delay was a good thing