The latest word on SQL Server 2008 is that final shipment is now on for Q3 2008 — basically a slip of a quarter.
The company had said to expect the database in the first half of the year with a lot of noise to come out at the February triple “launch” of Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and yes-SQL Server 2008. It plans to drop another Community Technical Preview (CTP) of SQL Server 2008 for that Los Angeles event.
The clarification is noted — if you read down far enough — in this Microsoft blog. This blog is an excellent example of burying the lead. Kudos.
The company contends that the release, once known as “Katmai” is still on track to ship within 36 months of SQL Server 2005. If memory serves, that was in the fall of 2005.
As usual, they’re cutting it close.
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