Microsoft releases SQL Server 2008

NEW YORK - Microsoft has released the SQL Server 2008 database to manufacturing, including the release a new Web edition of the product aimed at its hosting partners, the company said Wednesday.

Microsoft has released the SQL Server 2008 database to manufacturing, including the release a new Web edition of the product aimed at its hosting partners, the company said Wednesday.

SQL Server 2008, which has been in beta testing for some time, is now available on the Microsoft Developer Network and Technet. An evaluation download will be available on the company's Web site on Thursday.

The product is available in seven editions, each designed for the needs of different customer segments. More information about the editions is available on the SQL Server 2008 Web site.

One of the editions that is new with the 2008 release is SQL Server 2008 Web. SQL Server 2008 Web is designed for hosting companies, providing the tools necessary to support low-cost, large-scale, highly available Web applications or hosting environments, according to Microsoft.

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