Today we are excited to announce the availability of the first community technology preview (CTP) of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 for MSDN and TechNet subscribers, with the CTP generally available on Wednesday, August 12th.

 

Building on the momentum of SQL Server 2008, “R2” improves IT efficiency by reducing the time and cost of developing and managing applications; empowers end users to make better decisions through Self Service Business Intelligence and enables organizations to scale with confidence by providing high level s of reliability, security and scalability for business critical applications.

This public preview provides the opportunity to experience early, pre-release feature capabilities including: 

·         Application and Multi-server Management

·         SMP scale up with support for up to 256 logical processors

·         Report Builder 3.0 with support for geospatial visualization

 

We encourage everyone to download the bits and start exploring the new features and provide feedback. Sign up and get started.

 

SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP is only the first in a string of CTPs launching this month.  In the coming weeks we’ll also launch CTPs for low latency complex event processing now called StreamInsight, the first CTP for SQL Azure Database, a limited preview of Project “Gemini” Excel and SharePoint add-ins and a private technology preview of Project Madison, Microsoft’s massively scalable data warehousing solution, with a select group of customers.  Stay tuned to this page, where we’ll be announcing new CTPs as they become available.  We’re very excited about the progress toward the big launch of SQL Server 2008 R2 next year and are looking forward to your feedback to help us get there!

 

Other Resources:

o    Download:

·         SQL Server 2008 R2 CTP2

o    Learn More:

·         SQL Server 2008 R2Multi Server Management 

·         Project Madison

·         Project “Gemini”

o    Let us know what you think:

·         SQL Server Connect site

·         Contact the Server developer team

Sign-up to be in the R2 Customer Evidence program, e-mail: SQLR2EV@microsoft.com