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Just left the final shiproom meeting for SQL Server 2008, and am happy to say every team has signed off, so the product is now in the hands of manufacturing, and in process toward web and media availability for you. We've shipped! MSDN and TechNet subscriber downloads are now live, with more to come.
It's been less than three years since SQL Server 2005, but we're pleased to give you a great new release of SQL Server which not only adds fantastic new capabilities to your data platform, but also delivers broadly better performance.
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