MS Rolls Out Second Interim Beta of SQL Server 2005
Redmond releases its second Community Technology Preview of SQL Server 2005 as well as a new, free management tool.Microsoft Corp. on Friday released its second Community Technology Preview of SQL Server 2005 and rolled out a new, free tool to manage SQL Server 2000 and MSDE (Microsoft Desktop Engine) 2000. This second preview edition, which is an interim release wedged between major beta builds of the upcoming SQL Server upgrade, introduces 64-bit support for SQl Server 2005 Analysis Services and Integration Services. The SQL Server 2005 database engine already includes 64-bit support. Kirsten Ward, lead product manager for SQL Server, said that the release is in answer to customers growing use of Microsofts business intelligence tools, not only in 32-bit environments but in 64-bit environments. The CTP is available to all MSDN and Betaplace subscribers.
A Microsoft spokeswoman said that a Community Technology Preview of code-name Whidbey is not available today, but the company plans to release a CTP of the Standard Edition soon, as well as another CTP of Team Systems soon after that.