As you all know, the next version of SQL Server, SQL Server 2008, is due to be released this year. We recently released the latest Community Technology Preview (CTP) version of SQL Server 2008 in February. A CTP release is very similar to what used to be known as a "Beta" release. Customers can download the CTP software, and try it out. If you find any bugs while using the CTP, you can file them so that our developers can fix them prior to the actual release of the product. This is a great way to drive improvements to SQL Server and make it the best it can be.

Now, there is a "Bug Bash" contest underway, so those who file the most bugs in different categories will win an X-Box. For the full contest details, please see: https://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer/content/content.aspx?ContentID=7734&wa=wsignin1.0. The contest ends at the end of this week, so hurry and find those bugs!

good luck!

Tai Yee
SQL Server User Education

 p.s. oh, and you can download the CTP software itself from the Microsoft Download Center.