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SQL Server 2008 (Katmai) Launch - Feb 27th 2008

According to a recent Microsoft Press Release the launch date for SQL Server 2008 will be 27th February 2008 in LA.  In addition, Visual Studio 2008 (Orcas) and Windows Server 2008 (Longhorn) will be launched at the same time and will kick off a whole series of marketing focused launch events around the world. No news on the RTM release yet although word on the street suggests that Visual Studio 2008 will be released before the end of this year !!  Now we are now in July, the start of Microsoft Fiscal Year 2008, can we expect the RTM release of SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 before July next year ?  If not, surely they should be called SQL Server and Windows Server 2009 !?

TechEd Announcement: Microsoft purchase Dundas..

..Well, not quite.  Microsoft have not actually bought Dundas but they have bought the code base for the charting, gauge, calendar, map and barcode controls.  This is excellent news - I've used Dundas charting in various guises for a number of years and have been well impressed with the depth and breadth of the suite.  The plan is to integrate the charting functionality into Reporting Services 2008 (Katmai).  Adding this functionality to Reporting Services is going to be great step forward and I can't wait to start developing some presentation ready reports.  Should make the sales pitch easier too !