Feeds

Alpha geeks wanted for beta testing

Be first to play with Microsoft's SQL Server 2005

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Exclusive offer This November, Microsoft will be launching its latest version of SQL Server, SQL Server 2005, and you, our beloved readers, have a chance to beta test it to destruction before the launch.

New, shiny, sparkly, and full of business intelligency goodness, SQL Server 2005 has a whole load of changes from the last version, including sections of code in the ETL layer that have been rewritten from scratch.

Microsoft promises increased security, and scalability, and says a raft of new features have been added to help deal with unplanned downtime.

The system has been integrated with Visual Studio, which Microsoft says should simplify development projects, eliminating the complexity of writing in multiple environments. Its Reporting Services have also been re-jigged to allow the masses easier access to the database. This means even mere marketing personnel will be able to get data out of the back end without having to pester IT for information, or having to learn SQL.

Something for everyone, then.

But why on Earth should you take Microsoft's word for it? Try it out and see what you think. And in case the prospect of beta testing the bejeesus out of the software is not tempting enough on its own, and because a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, Microsoft isn't just offering code.

If you sign up to take part in the preview programme, you'll also get a resource kit stuffed with technical information, white papers, and links to support and other resources.

"We're launching a preview programme, and want to invite as many people as possible to order the beta version of the software," said Microsoft product manager Renaud Besnard. "In parallel, we're offering a very attractive set of benefits and lots of freebies and goodies, like TechNet subscriptions, courses and events."

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 is slated for official launch on 7 and 8 November this year. To find out more and download the preview software, point your browser here. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 is least popular Cupertino mobile OS in all of HUMAN HISTORY
'Nerd release' finally staggers past 50 per cent adoption
Microsoft to bake Skype into IE, without plugins
Redmond thinks the Object Real-Time Communications API for WebRTC is ready to roll
Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all
Sneak peek at security features Redmond's baking into new OS
Mozilla: Spidermonkey ATE Apple's JavaScriptCore, THRASHED Google V8
Moz man claims the win on rivals' own benchmarks
FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on
Next driver to battle fake chips with 'non-invasive' methods
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
Ubuntu 14.10 tries pulling a Steve Ballmer on cloudy offerings
Oi, Windows, centOS and openSUSE – behave, we're all friends here
Was ist das? Eine neue Suse Linux Enterprise? Ausgezeichnet!
Version 12 first major-number Suse release since 2009
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Internet Security Threat Report 2014
An overview and analysis of the year in global threat activity: identify, analyze, and provide commentary on emerging trends in the dynamic threat landscape.