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On the heels of SQL Server 2008 being released to manufacturing last week, SQL Server 2008 Express was made available for download today. As with SQL Server 2005 Express, SQL Server 2008 Express will be released in stages. SQL Server 2008 with Advanced Services and the new SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools edition will be made available in coming weeks.
SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools includes the core database engine and SQL Server Management Studio Basic. This is the ideal edition for people that want the essential tools for developing relational database applications. Advanced features such as Integrated Full Text Search, Reporting Services and BIDS will be available in SQL Server 2008 Express Advanced.
SQL Server 2008 Express
SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools
SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services
Tools & Management
Policy Based Management
Management Studio Basic
Integrated Full Text Search
Merge & Upsert
New Data type support
New Date & Time data types
Geodetic data types
Advanced Spatial Libraries
Support for Spatial Standards
Increase RS Memory Limit
RS Word/Rich Text Export
IIS Agnostic Report Deployment
Enhanced Gauges & Charting
Business Intelligence Developer's Studio
Size & Architectures
* The SqlPS command line tool can be enabled in SQL Server 2008 Express by installing Windows PowerShell 1.0 before installing SQL Server 2008 Express.
** Policies can be created in SQL Server 2008 Express and run manually. There is no support for automated policy based management.
*** Synchronization Services support in SQL Server 2008 Express requires that you install the component separately from the SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack.