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Microsoft SQL Server Celebrates 10th Anniversary

November 21, 2002

User Community Celebrates 10 Years of Technology and Innovation That Has Helped Reshape and Redefine the Database Landscape

Microsoft Corp. yesterday announced the 10th anniversary of Microsoft(R) SQL Server (TM) on Windows(R) at the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) Community Summit in Seattle, the largest user event exclusively dedicated to SQL Server. In the opening keynote address, Gordon Mangione, corporate vice president for SQL Server at Microsoft, highlighted past and future innovations in SQL Server and the many customers and partners that continue to develop on the Microsoft SQL Server platform. Building on this foundation of innovation, Mangione announced the availability of SQL Server 2000 (64-bit) Beta 2 and the availability of Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) Beta 1. He encouraged developers to join both beta programs and reinforced Microsoft's commitment to deliver a set of dependable tools that provide the highest level of performance, manageability and scalability.

Shaping the Data Management Landscape

Microsoft SQL Server has come a long way from its early beginnings on the Windows NT(R) platform. In 1993, 2,000 corporate sites were engaged in beta testing of SQL Server 1.0. Today, 40 percent of the relational database management systems on the Windows platform run SQL Server. Since the release of SQL Server 7.0 in 1998, Microsoft has outpaced the industry in integrated database technology, providing innovative features such as self-tuning; self-management; built-in Online Analytical Processing (OLAP); and extract, transform, load (ETL) and data warehousing capabilities. In addition, Microsoft added data mining into SQL Server 2000. These business intelligence (BI) features, included at no extra charge, offer an integrated data management and analysis platform. With the built-in BI features in SQL Server 2000, customers at all levels of an organization, from the mailroom to the boardroom, can increase productivity through the ability to have real-time insight into their data.

SQL Server has continued to strengthen the platform by introducing new capabilities such as the SQL Server Web Services Toolkit, SQL Server Notification Services, SQL Server 2000 Windows CE Edition 2.0, and the SQL Server Accelerator for Business Intelligence. These features and functionalities provide partners with the tools to build applications faster and extend real-time data management to Web services and mobile devices.

Mangione today announced SQL Server 2000 (64-bit) Beta 2 and SQL Server 2000 SP3 Beta 1. Microsoft SQL Server 2000 (64-bit) will provide a key advantage for customers adopting the Intel 64-bit and Windows .NET Server platform. Designed to support memory-intensive and performance-critical applications, SQL Server 2000 (64-bit) will scale large e-commerce Web sites that have a potentially unbounded number of users and a high volume of user transactions, large data warehouse and analysis applications, and line-of-business applications with high Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) workload. SQL Server 2000 SP3 is a comprehensive service pack that will give customers the highest level of performance, manageability and security. Customers interested in participating in the beta program should visit http://www.microsoft.com/sql/.

Additional information on SQL Server's 10 Years of Innovation can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/sql/10year/.

The complete press release is available at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2002/Nov02/11-20SQL10AnnivPR.asp.


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