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SQL Server 2008 has been released to manufacturing. SQL Server 2008 is now available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers and will be available for evaluation download on Aug. 7, 2008. SQL Server 2008 Express and SQL Server Compact editions are available for free download. As previously announced, pricing for SQL Server will not increase with SQL Server 2008.
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."
More information is available at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/sqlserver.
SQL Server is an industry leader in both scalability and performance.
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.