On August 11, 2008 Microsoft announced through their MSDN Flash newsletter that SQL Server 2008 has been RTM (Released To Manufacturing). This has been a long awaited release for many of us in the SQL community! Congratulations to Buck Woody and the many, many others on the SQL development team on this release!
While August 11, 2008 is probably the official RTM date, those of you that have an MSDN subscription may have been enjoying the RTM a week earlier (August 6th, 2008 through the MSDN Subscriptions website) as announced by Buck Woody's blog (Carpe Datum). You can view the post at: http://blogs.msdn.com/buckwoody/archive/2008/08/06/news-flass-sql-server-2008-is-here.aspx.
Undoubtedly, you can find many blogs and posts on the new features of SQL Server 2008. This looks to have a great improvement on SQL Server 2005; in just about every area. There is improvement on security, developing, and administering; to name a few. There seems to be a little bit of something for everyone to get excited about, ranging from Business Intelligence for the enterprise users to Intellisense in TSQL syntax for the programming DBA to Resource Governing for the IT Administrators.
I look forward to using SQL Server 2008, and to enjoying a little more easily administrated database with tons of new features, flexibility, and control!
Until next time...Happy Coding!