The keynote kicking off the second week of Microsoft's annual Tech-Ed conference this week for IT professionals -- didn't have Bill Gates. That was last week, when Gates gave his goodbye speech to third party developers.
What Tuesday's speech did have, though, were several important product updates. Top of the list: SQL Server 2008, which has finally reached the "release candidate" (RC) stage, the last step in testing before a product is "released to manufacturing."
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