According to the Microsoft press release, Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2008, "This version of SQL Server provides powerful new capabilities such as support for policy-based management, auditing, large-scale data warehousing, geospatial data, and advanced reporting and analysis services. SQL Server 2008 provides the trusted, productive and intelligent platform necessary for business-critical applications."
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SQL Server 2008 is available in the following editions:
Features for ISVs
For more information, see SQL Server 2008. For key features of SQL Server 2008 of interest to ISVs, see Powerful New Business Intelligence Capabilities Join SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 To Ship in August, No Price Increase.
You can now download trial versions of SQL Server 2008. Download a free, fully functional 180-day trial version of SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack today. To help make the most of your evaluation, you will receive five e-mails during your evaluation period that, depending on which download option you select, contain resources specifically designed for IT professionals and developers. Before downloading and installing SQL Server 2008, click here to View system requirements.
Resources for IT Pros - SQL Server 2008
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