The powers behind Microsoft SQL Server will broadly outline update plans for the database server at the PASS conference in Seattle that is being held November 19-22.
Professional Association of SQL Server members will hear that Service Pack 3 for SQL Server 2000 is slated to ship by year's end and that the final version of the 64-bit version is due to ship in April in tandem with the delayed Windows .NET Server 2003 operating system. Beta versions of both are already available.
But perhaps most importantly, Microsoft will reiterate plans to have a beta for Yukon, the next major release of SQL Server, out in the first half of next year, with a final version due by the end of 2003.
In other database news, IBM is slated to ship its DB2 Version 8.1 this Thursday. IBM has said the new version will add more auto-tuning and self-healing features.
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