Microsoft plugs gaps in business intelligence tool

Brief: Microsoft has released the first service pack for its SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services tool

Microsoft on Tuesday released the first service pack for SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services to fix a handful of bugs, improve support of Excel spreadsheets and the handling of PDF documents.

Reporting Services allows SQL Server 2000 customers to program their database to generate formatted reports on a regular schedule, such as a daily update on regional sales.

The update can be downloaded from Microsoft's Web site

Microsoft already has an online analytical processing server for detailed analysis of data. In the next edition of SQL Server, codenamed Yukon, Microsoft will expand the number of utilities for moving and reformatting data, with a set of features called extraction, transformation and loading, or ETL.

CNET News.com's Martin LaMonica contributed to this report

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