At last we have dates! At the Worldwide Partner Conference we announced the date for the joint launch of SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 - February 27th. The main event will be held in Los Angeles but there will be hundred of smaller events around the world.
To be clear - launch is not the same as released. We still hope to release Windows Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 by end of 2007, with SQL Server 2008 later in 2008.
And if you like that sort of thing, we have a Vista Sidebar gadget which gives the countdown in days - 231 as I type. You can download from http://www.wedsg.com/winclient/vistasidebargadget/download.htm