Microsoft has made its SQL Server 2008 available for public assessment, through free trial downloads from the company’s website.
The free copy of the SQL Server 2008 is available for 180 days, and during the trial-span, the company will send five emails to its users, helping them in doing proper evaluation of the software; further, Microsoft would not provide any sort of assistance beyond that, for the evaluation period.
The software will be offered in seven editions, each tailored to meet the requirements of different customer segments.
SQL Server 2008 Web is the new addition in SQL Server list, which is intended to assist hosting companies in providing highly available cost-effective web applications for hosting environments, Microsoft stated.
Microsoft officials have stated that customers’ feedback has made the company to introduce the updated version of SQL database, in just three years after its prior release, SQL Server 2005.
In its press release of the product, Microsoft mentioned that its new version of database is being tested by several prominent players, including, Xerox, Fidelity Investments, Clear Channel Communications, and Siemens.