New Version of SQL Server To Launch in March 2012

They really feel like they just keep on coming. It feels like only yesterday that we finally upgraded to SQL Server 2008 R2 here. In fact, I think it was 6 months ago, in 2011. Not like I need to tell you, but it’s hard to keep up.

But here it is. SQL Server 2012. If you’re interested in learning more about what’s in the upcoming version, you can register for the virtual launch event being held on 3/7/2012 at

Now, to tell the truth, I really miss the days of local launch events, with all the swag and actual people. Maybe Microsoft will bring one to Milwaukee in the near future. Hopefully to launch the new Visual Studio. And, I’m really hoping for a new lunch bag, cause mine from the Visual Studio 2010 launch event is getting pretty ragged.

I use this everyday. Well, every day I'm not lazy and actually bring lunch to work.

Back to SQL Server 2012..

At this point, I’m not seeing anything that’s really jumping out at me as a must-need feature.  It’s not a surprise that Microsoft is putting more behind the cloud computing fad, but this doesn’t really interest me.  I write intranet applications and we don’t really have a need to go all cloudy.  The other features don’t seem to cool to me either.  But time will tell.  Maybe one of you will let me know what I should be paying attention to in the comments.

For now, I’m sticking with 2008 R2.

You can read more about SQL Server 2012 RC0 here.


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