SQL Server: We Have Lift-Off...Almost
I'm not exactly sure how Microsoft ships products. This week, Microsoft announced
that SQL Server 2008 is released
. This is such an exciting event that it comes with its
own acronym, RTM. That's TWU, or Totally Weird and Unnecessary.
So it's Aug. 7, 2008, and SQL Server code has been sent to the manufacturers,
who'll get it in your hands by the middle of next month, more than a month later.
What exactly is the manufacturer doing? It could be making boxes and burning
CDs, but that's SOS (So Old-School). But these days, it's all about the download.
So what's taking so long? Maybe you can tell me at [email protected].
In any event, subscribers to TechNet or MSDN can check out an eval version
now, and volume license customers will get it late next week. Or you could just
wait 'til Sept. 15 and buy one of seven different versions. That's right, there
are seven different versions ranging from a free compact version, a developer
rev, a Web edition, all the way up to the high-end Enterprise release.
Posted by Doug Barney on August 07, 2008 at 11:52 AM