SQL Server 2008 = RTM


Yesterday we announced that SQL Server 2008 is being released to manufacturing. With SQL 2008 we bring new quite a lot of new functionality to the data platform product:

  • Transparent Data Encryption
  • Extensible Key Management
  • Auditing
  • Enhanced Database Mirroring
  • Automatic Recovery of Data Pages
  • Log Stream Compression
  • Resource Governor
  • Predictable Query Performance
  • Data Compression
  • Hot Add CPU
  • Policy-Based Management
  • Streamlined Installation
  • Performance Data Collection
  • Backup Compression
  • SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) Pipeline Improvements
  • Report Server Application Embedding
  • and much more

Check out this link for an extended version of what’s new in SQL Server 2008

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 today at http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver.

Read the official press announcement: http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2008/aug08/08-06SQLServer2008PR.mspx


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Comments (3)

  1. //o// says:

    Didn’t I hear something about PowerShell ? 😉

    Greetings //o//

  2. Vince says:

    Unfortunately, they pulled backwards compatibility for the Management Studio’s Intellisense. Worked with older SQL DBs in the CPT 5 and 6, but now it’s gone entirely. Makes working with multiple DBs of mixed versions more than a little awkward…

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