Microsoft Sheds Light on Yukon Delay
Microsoft will delay release of the next version of its SQL Server database so that it can do the necessary quality assurance and because the Visual Studio .Net team has asked for more time.DALLASMicrosoft Corp., influenced by customer feedback, is delaying the release of the next version of SQL Server database, code-named Yukon, so that it can do the necessary quality assurance and because the Visual Studio .Net team has asked for more time. Yukon was originally slated for a spring 2004 release, but is now expected to be released to manufacturing in the second half of next year, said officials of the Redmond, Wash., company, speaking from the TechEd conference here, where Yukons delay was announced on Monday. A beta will be released sometime this summer, they said. Paul Flessner, the senior vice president of Microsofts server platform division, told eWEEK in an interview here that Yukon is a big release for Microsoft and that it will take a year to do the necessary quality assurance.
Yukon also involves tight integration around the next version of Visual Studio .Net, code-named Whitby, and the Visual Studio team also felt they needed more time. "Quality is number one for us, and if its not ready at the end of 2004 well ship it when it is ready," he said.