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:
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
Didn't I hear something about PowerShell ? ;-)
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...
SQL Server 2008 = RTM