The first release candidate (RC 0) for SQL Server 2008 has been released to TechNet and MSDN subscribers. SQL Server 2008 provides a comprehensive data platform that is secure, reliable, manageable, and scalable for your mission critical applications. With it, you can create new applications that can store and consume any type of data on any device, enabling your users to make informed decisions with relevant insights.

At the TechEd Developers conference, Microsoft introduced a new logo for SQL Server 2008 and Chairman Bill Gates discussed how SQL Server 2008 will play an important role as a data repository for multiple Microsoft products.

To learn more about SQL Server 2008, see SQL Server 2008, What's New. To get started using the features in SQL Server 2008, see SQL Server 2008 Jump Start.