I'm pleased to announce that we just released the February CTP of SQL Server 2008. As we've talked about before, this is the feature complete CTP of SQL Server 2008 which includes all of the functionality planned for the release. You can download the CTP from: http://www.microsoft.com/sql/2008/prodinfo/download.mspx

 

Here are some of the top features in this CTP:

· Data Compression, which reduces the storage and manageability cost of your database and provides significant performance improvements for workloads such as data warehousing.

· Enhancements to Policy Based Management, including policy violation alerts, policy import, the ability to run and evaluate multiple simultaneous policies, view the facets and evaluate policies when Object Explorer is connected to Analysis Services and Reporting Services, and more.

· Integrated Full Text Search, which makes the transition between Full-Text Search and relational data seamless while enabling the use of full-text indexes to perform high-speed text searches on large text columns.

 

As always, please download the CTP and provide your feedback so we can incorporate into the final product.

Enjoy!

Francois.