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SQL Server Developer Edition Price Drops to $49 Friday

Microsoft will drop the price of the Developer Edition of SQL Server 2000 by 90 percent on Friday, from $499 to $49.

The company announced the price cut in June at its TechEd show in Dallas. The move brings the Developer Edition into line with the practice of some other database vendors who offer development editions for free or at a very low cost.

The Developer Edition has all the functionality of SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition, but the End User License Agreement prohibits customers from installing or using it in live server environments. The Developer Edition can be upgraded to Enterprise Edition.

Unlike the Standard and Enterprise editions of SQL Server, the Developer Edition can be run on non-server platforms including Windows 2000 Professional and Windows NT 4.0 Workstation.

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