Volume licensing downloads for SQL Server 2008 R2 are available today in all languages, including the public availability of the much anticipated PowerPivot functionality, delivering on the promise of managed self-service BI. Starting today, customers can download the trial version of Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 and the web downloads of PowerPivot for Excel and SharePoint. To get started please visit http://www.powerpivot.com/.

The SQL Server team is also excited to be participating in today's Microsoft Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 global launch event. You can hear more about Office, SharePoint and Microsoft's BI solutions by attending the keynote by Steven Elop, president of the Microsoft Business Division today at 8 a.m. PDT, Webcast live at http://www.the2010event.com/. Additional upcoming virtual sessions include:

  • BI PowerPivot Session - May 13th, 9 am-10 a.m. PDT
  • SharePoint BI Session - May 14, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. PDT
  • Microsoft BI Session - May 19, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. PDT
  • TechTarget Live Chat on BI - May 20, 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. PDT

To find an upcoming event or to explore what's new in SQL Server 2008 R2 please visit the SQL Server 2008 R2 Virtual Guided Tour at http://www.sqlserverlaunch.com/. The Tour is now available in 11 different languages including French, German, Russian, LATAM Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Italian, Japanese, and Korean. For more information please visit the SQL Server 2008 R2 Virtual Press Room here.  Additionally, remember to use the #SQLR2 and #PowerPivot hashtag when Tweeting all SQL Server 2008 R2 related news.