Announcements from TechEd

As always, Microsoft likes to wait until conferences to make big announcements. This year, at Tech Ed, the news is:

  • Office 2010 is the next version of Office. Tech Ed attendees will be one of the first to see the new office product, with an invitation-only Technical Preview starting in July of this year.  The countdown has begun. Check it out at If you are not at TechEd, you can get “waitlisted” for the preview here.
  • A technical preview of SQL Server 2008 R2, formerly SQL Server 2010, aka Kilimanjaro (or tallest mountain in Africa), will be released later this summer. You can register for notification here, if they actually have it working now.

I am more interested in SQL Server at this point in time, although the spec sheet does not show a huge amount that I am likely to get overly excited about right now. Here are the new features;

  • Support for more that 64 logical processors – I am sure some DBAs are salivating, but I’ll pass for now
  • Server Management additions – Great for DBAs
  • Integration with Visual Studio – Okay, this one has my attention, as I hate having to switch tools
  • Master Data Services – Like the idea, more DBA than I am now
  • Self-Service Analysis – Whether you use Excel or SharePoint, end users can now do their own reports against the Enterprise data store. Great idea, but if DBAs cannot control this, it has the potential to be a nightmare.
  • Self-Service Reporting – All users to create their own “grab and go” reports in Reporting Services. I am a bit skeptical, as I have yet to see self-service work; on the other hand, I get paid to fix things people muck up, so maybe this is a good idea. 🙂

Peace and Grace,

Twitter: @gbworld


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