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SQL Server Release Date Confirmed

It's official: SQL Server 2005 will be appropriately named

June 7, 2005--Orlando, Florida--Microsoft today officially announced that SQL Server 2005 will launch in November of this year. As part of his keynote address at Microsoft Tech Ed, Microsoft Senior Vice President of Server Applications Paul Flessner announced that SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005, and BizTalk Server 2006 will be formally launched during the week of November 7.

During the keynote address, Flessner also announced the June Community Technology Preview (CTP) for SQL Server 2005. The feature-complete SQL Server 2005 June CTP is the first prerelease version of SQL Server 2005 available to the public and is available for download at .

Flessner went on to highlight details about new business intelligence (BI) functionality for SQL Server 2005, the new SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA), and the first benchmarks for SQL Server 2005. Flessner also outlined Microsoft's RFID initiative and the 2006 updates to the Windows Server System Common Engineering Criteria, technical standards designed to create consistency across Microsoft's server products and help reduce the complexity and costs associated with deploying and managing systems.

--Dawn Cyr
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