On January 19, Microsoft confirming it officially official, the latest version of its database will be out “by May 2010” and will be on the May price list.

A new  posting on the Microsoft Data Platform Insider blog confirmed the May date. According to microsoft blog, there have been 150,000 downloads by testers of the R2 release. The November Community Technology Preview (CTP) release was the last test build Microsoft is planning to issue for the product, officials said.

SQL Server 2008 R2, codenamed Kilimanjaro, will come in a number of new flavors, including a Datacenter edition and a Parallel Data Warehouse edition (formerly codenamed “Project Madison”). The Datacenter edition builds on the SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise product, but adds application and multi-server management; virtualization; high-scale complex event processing (via StreamInsight); and supports more than 8 processors and up to 256 logical processors. The Parallel Data Warehouse version will be sold preloaded on servers as a data warehouse appliance. Using the DataAllegro technology Microsoft acquired in 2008, it will scale customers’ data warehouses from the tens of terabytes, up to one petabyte plus range, according to the company.

May 2010 might end up a busy month for Microsoft.  Company execs told Microsoft partners this past summer that Microsoft Office 2010 would launch in the May/June 2010 timeframe. As one of my readers noted recently, Microsoft’s Office 2010 beta download site mentions a June 2010 final due date for Microsoft’s next-generation Office release.

It includes the latest versions of:

  • Redistributable components for SQL Server 2008.
  • Add-on providers for SQL Server 2008.
  • Backward compatibility components for SQL Server 2008.

Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2; Windows Server 2008; Windows Vista Service Pack 1; Windows XP Service Pack 3.

All versions will be available commercially in May except Parallel Data Warehouse. All Microsoft will say there is it will be out in the first half of 2010 (so its a guess that means it could be in June).

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