[From SQL Server Magazine
For those of you (and you know who you are) who delay until Microsoft releases the first service pack before you consider rolling out a new version of a Microsoft product, the wait is over. SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is right around the corner. At the time of this writing the SQL Server 2008 SP1 Community Technology Preview (CTP)yes, even service packs now have CTPsis available from Microsoft. Why wait for the service packs? The conventional wisdom is that Microsoft will use real customer feedback to work out any big problems between the release and the first service pack. Just for the record, I found SQL Server 2008 to be rock solid from day one, but its always a good practice to keep up with the latest service packs. So what can you expect in SQL Server 2008 SP1?
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