Microsoft delays SQL Server 2008 release again
Wobbling roadmap diverted to Q3
Redmond has scaled back its ambitious plans to get the server party started by sidelining its 2008 version of sequel server – which was originally supposed to hit manufacturing at the end of last year – to the third quarter.
SQL Server 2008 had been expected to join the biggest single day of launches in the software giant's history on 27 February, alongside 2008 versions of Windows Server and Visual Studio, but Microsoft admitted in a blog post on Friday that it has once again delayed its release.
Microsoft SQL server product director Francois Ajenstat said, after a tremendous amount of waffle about how the team has been "gearing up" for next month's launch, that the firm now expects (but still doesn't promise) final release to manufacturing (RTM) of Q3 2008.
He said that while Redmond was still on schedule to deliver its latest SQL Server 2008 within the original rather loosely defined, anything-goes 24-36 month timeframe, it won't be pulling on its bow tie and drinking bubbly in Las Vegas next month afterall.
It's fair to say that Microsoft execs are flushed with uncertainty at the moment, as the firm's numerous apps jockey for position in its Windows roadmap.
Just last week tongues were set wagging about the possibility of Microsoft pushing forward its release of Windows 7, the successor to the operating system almost everyone loves to hate, Vista.
In August last year, Microsoft acknowledged that Windows Server 2008 wouldn't be ready to ship by the end of 2007 as planned.
This latest roadmap revision, which Ajenstat described as being vital to satisfy the "high quality" expected by the multinational tech firm's punters and partners, will undoubtedly add a layer of frustration among companies planning to upgrade their systems. ®
Had it already!
This announcement is strange.
I've downloaded and been using VS2008 Professional for the last eight weeks via our MSDN Subscription. How could VS "not" announce a release?
BTW: Before you ask, I'm not using a beta or RC version of VS2008.
Dear oh dear "much easier to work with", "nicely integrated"...I use Management Studio every day and every day I curse its hopeless clunky interface where it takes 3 clicks to do what used to be possible with one.
To be fair EM had it's faults (like randomly shutting down ever so often), but QA was a nice tool that did a simple job and did it well.
Change for the sake of change, and not well thought out IMHO.
What tool have you been using?
SQL 2005 was a vast improvement for me and everyone else I know. The new environment nicley intergrated two tools into one and is much easier to work with. We also found that the upgrade eliminated a lot of deadlock and timeout issues.
As for using more resources. Sure, but that is every new version of pretty much every software program released. You don`t get new features for nothing.