Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1
Microsoft has released SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 with enhancements meant to ease deployment but no brand new features. According to Microsoft, this is a result of an emphasis on ensuring its database is feature complete before its release.Microsoft has pushed out the first service pack for SQL Server 2008, and to hear company officials tell it, the biggest news is that there is no big news. SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 (SP1) does not contain much when it comes to new features, but it does have enhancements meant to ease deployment. That's no accident, Microsoft's Matthias Berndt told eWEEK. It is the result of the company's strategy to release a feature-complete database.
"The story around Service Pack 1 is that there is no story," said Berndt, principal group program manager at Microsoft. "When we meet vendors, (historically) they're saying out there, -hey you got to wait for SP1 to actually deploy Microsoft's product.' I think we are starting now (to) turn that around...and we are now shipping a Service Pack that is very small, very contained."