Microsoft Pushes Back Yukon Release
The next version of SQL Server will now ship in the second half of 2004 rather than the first half as previously expected.DALLASMicrosoft Corp. has pushed back the release of the next version of SQL server, code-named Yukon, which will now ship in the second half of 2004 rather than the first half as previously expected. Paul Flessner, the senior vice president of Microsofts Windows Server division, told several thousand attendees at his opening keynote at the TechEd conference here on Monday morning that there was "no specific reason for this." The first public beta for Yukon will be released later this summer, he said, as he also announced the availability of the Exchange Server 2003 Release Candidate 1. Microsoft itself wanted to consolidate its 144 Exchange mail sites into one powered by eight servers. "A lot of work has gone into this product around integration with Windows Server 2003," he said.
Flessner also announced the beta of BizTalk Server 2004, the first phase of the companys next-generation e-business vision, code-named Jupiter. Microsoft has also decided to slash the price of the developer edition of SQL Server to $49 from $449. "This will be picked up and embedded by other development forms like Borland," he said.