Select testers have just received emails of their participation on the Microsoft® SQL Server "Yukon" Beta program, heres a snip:
Ladies and Gentlemen:I hope a few of the Neowin members got on although I am hearing its a very selective Beta.
Welcome to the Microsoft® SQL Server "Yukon" Beta program! You have been invited to participate in the first beta of SQL Server's exciting new product release! If you've seen any of the features or functionality we've developed for Yukon, you know that this is going to be an extraordinarily exciting beta!
Don't get too excited though, I don't have bits for you yet. This mail is simply intended to welcome you to the program. I'm sure that the first question on your mind is "when will you have bits?" and the answer is sometime in July. I don't have an exact date yet because the release schedule for Yukon is quality-driven, not schedule-driven. In other words, we're planning to ship the beta when we get our bug count numbers where they need to be and not before.
News source: In-House