SQL Server 2008 to ship by September

Microsoft obliquely announced at its Worldwide Partner
Conference this week in Houston that SQL Server 2008 will be on the
price list in August.


SQL Server 2008 will be released to manufacturing by the end of
this quarter, which ends on Sept. 30, said Fausto Ibarra,
Microsoft's new director of product management for SQL Server, in
an interview this morning.


"We are very confident it will be available in the third
quarter," Ibarra said. "We're in the final stages of testing. The
release candidate has been downloaded by tens of thousands of
people. We are very excited about seeing the product in the
market."


Ibarra, who has been a key figure on the SQL Server team for
four years, took the reins of the SQL Server product management
team two months ago from Francois Ajenstat, who is now working on
Microsoft's green initiatives.


Microsoft is timing the release of SQL Server 2008 with the
final release of the first service packs for Visual Studio 2008 and
the .NET 3.5 Framework. SP1, which is now in beta, includes
Microsoft's much-anticipated Entity Framework. "We are coordinating
them," Ibarra said.


"When we talk about the Entity Framework, we talk about it from
the perspective of SQL Server and from the perspective of the .NET
Framework and Visual Studio," he added. "No matter where developers
are coming from, we will talk to them about the Entity Framework
and coordinating the messaging of both releases across all our
different developer channels."


Pricing for SQL Server 2008 will remain unchanged, Microsoft
said.


About the Author

Jeffrey Schwartz is executive editor of Redmond Channel Partner and an editor-at-large at Redmond magazine, affiliate publications of Government Computer News.

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