Microsoft releases to manufacturing SQL Server 2012

Microsoft releases to manufacturing SQL Server 2012

Summary: Microsoft's SQL Server 2012 has RTM'd. It will be generally available starting April 1.


Microsoft has released to manufacturing (RTM'd) its SQL Server 2012 product, as of March 6, the day before the company's virtual "launch" of its new database.

So when can you get the bits? If you're an MSDN/TechNet subscriber, you can download them as of March 7, the Softies said. If you're a volume-license customer, you can grab them from the Volume Licensing Center on April 1. April 1 (no fooling) also is the date when SQL Server 2012 will be generally available to any/all interested parties. And if you want to take the evaluation version for a spin, you can do so immediately, starting March 6.

(Update: Though not quite yet, it seems. Microsoft is working on fixing whatever is holding up  availability of the trial version, officials said in the early afternoon ET on March 6. Update 2: And here is the Evaluation Edition download.)

With SQL Server 2012, codenamed Denali, Microsoft has added a new business-intelligence (BI) specific SKU to its line-up. The Redmondians also have added a core-based pricing option with the new release.

Microsoft rolled out the first Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of SQL Server 2012 back in November 2010. Approximately 150,000 users have tested the product via various CTP and Release Candidate test builds, officials said.

Like the SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 releases, SQL Server 2012 is focused on providing users with more high-availability, self-service and BI functionality, officials have said. New technologies and features part of this release include:

  • SQL Server AlwaysOn, a new high-availability component
  • Project codename “Apollo”, new column-store database technology aiming to provide greater query performance
  • Project codename “Juneau”, a single development environment for developing database, business intelligence (BI) and web solutions
  • Power View, a k a, project codename “Crescent”, a web-based, data visualization and presentation solution, and comlement to the PowerPivot technology that is part of SQL Server 2008 R2
  • SQL Server Data Quality Services (based on technology from Microsoft’s 2008 Zoomix acquisition)
  • Other data integration and management tools

Microsoft is playing up the ability of its database technologies -- both SQL Server 2012 and the Hadoop on Azure and Hadoop on Windows Server offerings officials announced last year -- as giving the company the ability to handle both structured and unstructured data.

Topics: Data Management, CXO, Data Centers, Enterprise Software, Microsoft, Software


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • does anyone still uses M$sql ?

    in today's world of better FOSS alternatives, M$sql has no place!
    The Linux Geek
    • Yes!

      Thousands of companies use SQL Server to run their mission ciritical systems. Is the rock providing you a lot of shade in Linux-land?
    • Yes

      My company does.
  • SQL 2012

    SQL Server is the back end driving a mojority of data driven applications. It is the most robust and stable DBMS on the market. There are few products that can compete. MySQL s a great product too, but it is light years behind the offerings of SQL Server.
    • Does it beat MySQL? Mostly. Postgres? ehhh....

      I'll fully admit that I'm no DBA. However, everything I've read about Postgres makes me a huge proponent of the product. My company is an MSSQL shop, but more because the applications that use it, well, use it.

  • Power View & Silverlight

    Sadly, Power View isn't getting much Windows 8 love. As it requires Silverlight 5, that rules out using metro IE and seemingly Windows on ARM as there won't be any support for plug-ins at all in that version.

    It's a shame that they are bring to market a product that doesn't play nicely with Windows 8 (other than desktop IE, of course). Presumably the long term plan will be to re-write the rendering of Power View reports in HTML 5? SQL 2015 then?
    • Power View & Silverlight

      Good point...