Microsoft Sketches Its Database Road Ahead
The software giant outlines its long-term data storage vision with broad strokes, addressing the SQL Server release schedule and new tools tie-ins. (Microsoft Watch)Microsoft outlined in very broad strokes its long-term data storage vision on April 6 at a customer lunch in San Francisco. Microsoft is rebranding its SQL Server Mobile Edition product as "SQL Server Everywhere," and is planning to release a first CTP (Community Technology Preview) test build of a new version of that product in the summer of 2006, with final availability slated in some time in the second half of 2006. The new SQL Server Everywhere release will run on Windows CE, as does the current product, but also on Win32 and Win64 platforms.
"SQL Server Everywhere is a very lightweight database. Its not a server. Its for online and offline use," said Paul Flessner, senior vice president of Microsofts Data and Storage Division.