Saturday, July 12, 2008
SQL Server 2008 may not come in August after all
Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system whose primary query language is Transact-SQL. The latest version of the Microsoft database platform is Microsoft SQL Server 2005 SP2, but Microsoft has for a while now been working on what was previously codenamed Katmai. Microsoft is planning to release the long-awaited Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (overview) sometime during the third quarter of this year.
At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, the company announced to partners that the new version is now listed on the August price list. Pricing is to remain the same as it is with SQL Server 2005. Various news sites took this information and ran with it: many began to report that SQL Server 2008 was becoming available in August, but this is not necessarily true.
Microsoft is still expecting the new version to arrive sometime in Q3. As Andrew Fryer put it on his blog: "Bottom line—It will be out sometime in Q3 when it’s ready," the fact that it is available on August's price list does not guarantee that it will become available then. It is entirely possible that the new version will launch just at the end of Q3 (late September), and even then, you can never rule out delays with Microsoft. Currently, the latest build is RC0 (released in early June). Once it is finally released, Microsoft has previously said that SP3 for SQL Server 2005 will arrive, hopefully in Q4.