Microsoft Readies SQL Server 2008 R2 for May Release
Microsoft plans to release SQL Server 2008 R2, currently in the CTP phase, by May.Microsoft announced Jan. 19 that SQL Server 2008 Release 2 will be ready by May. SQL Server 2008 R2 is currently in the community technology preview phase. The most recent CTP was released in November. Since the first CTP in August, there have been more than 150,000 downloads of the database, Microsoft said in the announcement on its SQL Server News blog.
Microsoft has stated that SQL Server 2008 R2 includes enhancements to help administrators centrally monitor and manage multiple database applications, servers and instances. In addition, Microsoft said, it has enabled high-scale, complex event-stream processing through SQL Server StreamInsight and expanded business intelligence capabilities with SQL Server PowerPivot for Excel.