Microsoft Finally Launches SQL Server 2008 R2

Paul Lilly

At long last, Microsoft on Wednesday announced the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, the newest version of its database management system software.

Some of the key enhancements in the latest release include managed self-service business intelligence (BI) for reporting and analysis, enterprise-class scalability and greater IT efficiency, and platform integration spanning the data center to the cloud, Microsoft said.

"Customers continue to receive and create increasing amounts of data, as information impacts their business and social lives. Our goal is to help customers extract value and business insight from that information, whether it is stored locally on their PC, in a datacenter or in the cloud," said Ted Kummert, senior vice president of the Business Platform Division at Microsoft. "Today’s release of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 is a big step forward in transforming how the IT department, the software developers, and end users interact and gain insight from data."

Microsoft said the new software will be available to customers starting in early May through the company's distribution and partner channels. In the meantime, you can take a digital tour at .

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