Evaluations of the release to manufacturing version (RTM) version of SQL Server 2012  will allow you to test your application for compatibility.   The fully functional trial software will automatically expire after six months. Get it from the SQL Server 2012 download site.

General availability of SQL Server through retail channels and MSDN is expected to be April 1.

For more information about how to test your applications, see Guide for How to Test Your Application for Compatibility with SQL Server 2012.

As the foundation of the cloud-ready information platform, SQL Server 2012 will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization as well quickly build solutions and extend data across on-premises and public cloud backed by mission critical confidence.

Key Features for ISVs, Developers

SQL Server 2012 delivers a powerful new set of capabilities for mission-critical workloads, business intelligence and hybrid IT across traditional datacenters and private and public clouds.

Highlighted new features include:

  • Power View (formerly Project “Crescent,”)
  • SQL Server Data Tools (formerly “Juneau”) expand the self-service BI capabilities delivered with PowerPivot.
  • An integrated development environment for SQL Server developers.
  • The new ColumnStore Index delivers over 10x data warehouse performance gains.

For information about the different editions of Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012, see the see the Editions page.

Getting Started with SQL Server 2012

Get SQL Server 2012. The RC0 is available no. RTM version available through the regular channels on April 1.

See SQL Server 2012 Overview.

If you application works under SQL Server 2008 R2, it will probably work well under SQL Server 2012. But there have been a few breaking changes. Learn more at Guide for How to Test Your Application for Compatibility with SQL Server 2012.

The SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit includes technical content designed to help you learn how to develop SQL Server 2012 database and BI solutions.

SQL Server 2012 Virtual Labs enable you to quickly evaluate and test Microsoft's newest products and technologies through a series of guided, hands-on labs that you can complete in 90 minutes or less. There is no complex setup or installation required, and you can use Virtual Labs online immediately, free.

 

Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation

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