Second SQL Server 2008 CTP Released

August 16, 2007

[From Redmond Developer News]

Microsoft has unleashed the second community technology preview (CTP) of SQL Server 2008, and while it boasts several new features for testers to evaluate, other sought-after capabilities -- notably simplified policy management and support for geospatial mapping -- didn't make the cut.

The company had hoped to release an improved iteration of the policy-management feature, which is called the Declarative Management Framework (DMF). But at the eleventh hour, Microsoft felt it should fine-tune the coding, and ultimately determined it would make sense to hold it for the next slated CTP in September, says Francois Ajenstat, director of product management for Microsoft's SQL Server.

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