Microsoft has made available preview software for the next release of SQL Server, under its Community Technology Preview (CTP) programme.
The preview code for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 is available for MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Microsoft said it would release a public version of the CTP by August 17 from the TechNet Eval Center. Versions are available for 32-bit and 64-bit processors, Microsoft said.
The new version allows end-users to publish their data-driven applications through SharePoint. Microsoft said users can create their own analytic applications through Gemini, an Excel 2010 add-in that allows users to manipulate millions of rows of data in a single Excel workbook to simplify data analysis.
SQL Server 2008 R2 also provides application and multi-server management, which Microsoft said would improve the efficiency of database administrators and developers.