SQL Server 2008 RC0 Available For Download on TechNet

Yesterday the SQL Server team reached a key milestone with the release of SQL Server 2008 RC0.  SQL Server 2008 provides a comprehensive data platform that is secure, reliable, manageable, and scalable for your mission critical applications. With it, developers 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. There are way too many new and improved features of SQL Server 2008 to mention in a blog post, so to find out more on SQL Server 2008 check out the

If you are a TechNet subscriber you can download the following SQL Server 2008 RC0 editions from the TechNet site today:

  • SQL Server 2008 Developer Edition RC0
  • SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition RC0
  • SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition RC0
  • SQL Server 2008 Web Edition RC0
  • SQL Server 2008 Workgroup Edition RC0

If you don't have a TechNet Plus subscription today, get yours today by going to the TechNet Subscription site and enter promo code TWEB08A to receive a 20% discount.  Hurry, the code expires on June 30, 2008.  A trial of SQL Server 2008 RC0 can also be downloaded from here, though not all editions are available, as they are on the TechNet site.

Once you have SQL Server 2008 RC0 downloaded, or if you are already working on a project to implement SQL Server 2008 in a pilot phase in your organization, please email me using the email link at the top left of the blog or directly at damirb@microsoft.com and I can get you access to additional resources to help with your implementation, free email-based technical support, as well as a free TechNet Plus subscription when your project is at a pilot stage in your organization.

Comments (1)

  1. Dennis says:

    OK, I like the fact that SQL Server 2008 is getting closer to RTM, but what’s the deal with a closed PowerShell console for SQL Server? There has been so much positive press about the benefits of PowerShell to sysadmins (plus all the blogs, books, training, etc., out there as well), how can the SQL Server Team go against everything Microsoft has done to benefit the sysadmin? How can Microsoft allow this to happen? It’s like giving a black eye to all the sysadmins out there that have to support SQL Server. Very disappointing!

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