From - http://blogs.technet.com/dataplatforminsider/archive/2008/01/25/microsoft-sql-server-2008-roadmap-clarification.aspx

"To continue in this spirit of open communication, we want to provide clarification on the roadmap for SQL Server 2008. Over the coming months, customers and partners can look forward to significant product milestones for SQL Server.  Microsoft is excited to deliver a feature complete CTP during the Heroes Happen Here launch wave and a release candidate (RC) in Q2 calendar year 2008, with final Release to manufacturing (RTM) of SQL Server 2008 expected in Q3. Our goal is to deliver the highest quality product possible and we simply want to use the time to meet the high bar that you, our customers, expect.

This does not in any way change our plans for the February 27 launch and we look forward to seeing many of you in Los Angeles and other events around the world. Please keep the great feedback coming and thank you again for your ongoing support of SQL Server!"

Following are the details of the Australian Heroes Unite {2008} events:

Event Dates

Sydney - Thursday 28th Feb 2008 - Sydney Exhibition Centre

Melbourne - Tuesday 4th March 2008 - Melbourne Convention Centre

Adelaide - Thursday 13th March 2008 - Hilton Hotel (City)

Perth - Wednesday 19th March 2008 - Perth Exhibition Centre

Brisbane - Wednesday 26th March 2008 - Brisbane Exhibition Centre

Canberra - Wednesday 2nd April 2008 - Hyatt Hotel (City)

 

Heroes Happen {2008} is the chance for you to gain in-depth technical learning on Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 & Visual Studio 2008.

You will:

  • Recieve a Heroes Happen {2008} 'Launch Kit' valued at over $2500 - including a full operating copy of Windows Server 2008 Enterprise (1 year evaluation licence), SQL Server 2008 CTP5 and Visual Studio Team System 2008 (90 day trial version).
  • Recieve an exclusive 40% discount of TechNet subscriptions
  • Experience keynote presentations by Corporate Vice President Bob Kelly & Senior Security Strategist Steve Riley.
  • Be the ifrst in Australia to view 'MS Hyper V' - our new virtualisation solution
  • Experience interactive demonstrations showcasing end-to-end solutions
  • Get the opportunity to have 1:1 discussions with the experts behind the products.
  • Have the chance to win a Microsoft Hardware Premium Pack - worth $699.