News

Beta Code Released for SQL Server Reporting Services

The next major business intelligence freebie in Microsoft's SQL Server database took a step closer to reality recently when Microsoft posted the Beta 2 of its Reporting Services for SQL Server 2000.

When it ships, reporting services will join other business intelligence components that have gone into SQL Server starting with the SQL Server 7.0 launch such as OLAP services and data mining services. As with those previous services, reporting services will be included with the purchase of the base SQL Server license. Customers installing the new service on a server with an existing SQL Server license do not need any additional licenses.

Like most BI reporting products, Microsoft's reporting services will be designed to provide information from most data sources, including non-Microsoft sources, to any device. New to the Beta 2 release are the capability of including charts in reports and deployment of reporting services across a Web farm.

SQL Server director of product management Stan Sorensen expects more than 10,000 users to participate in the open beta stage. An earlier closed beta attracted about 5,000 would-be signups, although the program only supported 250. ISVs building Microsoft Reporting Services into their offerings include Cizer, Configuresoft, MaxQ Technologies, MIS, OutlookSoft, Panorama Software and ProClarity.

About the Author

Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

Featured

  • The 2020 Microsoft Product Roadmap

    From the next major update to Windows 10 to the next generations of .NET and PowerShell, here's what's on tap from Microsoft this year.

  • 2020 Microsoft Conference Calendar: For Partners, IT Pros and Developers

    Here's your guide to all the IT training sessions, partner meet-ups and annual Microsoft conferences you won't want to miss. (Now updated with COVID-19-related event changes.)

  • Microsoft Closing Most of Its Retail Stores

    Microsoft on Friday announced a major shift in its retail operations, with plans to close most of its physical Microsoft Store outlets in favor of online sales.

  • Matrix

    Microsoft, Harvard Describe Joint Privacy Initiative

    To facilitate data sharing while still preserving data privacy, Microsoft and Harvard have embarked on a set of open source tool called the "OpenDP Initiative."

RCP Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.