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Today, Microsoft released the July Community Technical Preview (CTP) for SQL Server 2008. The release makes available several performance and feature enhancements designed to support customers’ mission-critical platform and enable pervasive insight across the enterprise.

The release of the July CTP continues the strong momentum of SQL Server 2008, which is on track to RTM in Q2 of CY08. 

In addition, we have made available a ton of new content on SQL Server 2008 for our customers and partners. The content is focused around key “workloads” for SQL Server 2008 specifically – OLTP, Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence, Server Consolidation and Data Programmability. (see below for details)

Just take a look here: http://www.microsoft.com/sql/prodinfo/futureversion/default.mspx

You can download the SQL Server 2008 July CTP at: http://connect.microsoft.com/sqlserver/

What’s new by CTP

· Features organized by pillar

· June CTP Feature-focused LiveMeetings

SQL Server 2008 Overview Whitepapers

· SQL Server 2008 What’s New

· Business Intelligence

· Data Warehousing

· Data Programmability

· Online Transaction Processing

· Server Consolidation

SQL Server 2008 Video Presentations

· Microsoft SQL Server Data Platform Vision – SQL Server Expert Series

· Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Pervasive Insight Vision – SQL Server Expert Series

· SQL Server 2008 Data Warehousing Vision – SQL Server Expert Series

· Enterprise Data Platform Vision – SQL Server Expert Series

· SQL Server 2008 Dynamic Development Enhancements – SQL Server Expert Series

· SQL Server 2008 ADO.NET – SQL Server Expert Series

· SQL Server 2008 Beyond Relational – SQL Server Expert Series

· Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Data Mining Enhancements – SQL Server Expert Series

SQL Server 2008 On-Demand and Scheduled Webcasts and LiveMeetings

· The Next Release of Microsoft SQL Server: Overview

· The Next Release of Microsoft SQL Server: Data Warehousing Enhancements

· SQL Server 2008 Data Management Overview

· The value of Business Intelligence with SQL Server 2008

· Server Consolidation with SQL Server

· The Next Release of Microsoft SQL Server: Manageability Overview

· Microsoft SQL Server 2008: Beyond Relational

SQL Server 2008 Learning Resources

· MS Learning Clinic 7045: What's New in Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2008

· SQL Server 2008 Books Online