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Final release of SQL Server 2008 inches closer

Microsoft made available to select testers on June 5 the near-final Release Candidate (RC) 0 of SQL Server 2008.
Written by Mary Jo Foley, Senior Contributing Editor

Microsoft made available to select testers on June 5 the near-final Release Candidate (RC) 0 of SQL Server 2008.

As of last Friday, Microsoft had released the latest test build of its database to TechNet Plus and Microsoft Developer Network(MSDN) subscribers only. The new build wasn’t on the private Connect test site at press time.

Microsoft officially "launched" SQL Server 2008 in February, alongside Visual Studio 2008 and Windows Server 2008. Earlier this year, Microsoft officials said they were planning to deliver SQL Server 2008 by mid-2008. Company officials last week reiterated Microsoft’s more recent guidance: The company is planning to deliver the final build of SQL Server 2008 in the third calendar quarter of 2008.

All of the versions of SQL Server 2008--Developer, Enterprise, Standard, Web and Workgroup--are part of the latest RC 0 download.

This article was first published as a blog on ZDNet.com.

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