Microsoft has announced a new free database management tool in SQL Server 2005 Express Manager, and the second community technology preview for Microsoft SQL Server 2005.
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The second SQL Server 2005 community preview is now available to all MSDN and Betaplace subscribers. A community technology preview is an interim build that provides the community with the ability to test and experiment with new features as they are added to SQL Server 2005.
In addition to quality and performance enhancements, this community preview will introduce 64-bit support for SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services and SQL Server 2005 Integration Services, on top of the 64-bit support already included for the database engine.
Microsoft is also offering a technical preview of SQL Server 2005 Express Manager. Designed to be easy to use, SQL Server 2005 Express Manager provides features to simplify, automate and reduce the complexity of database support and administration.
Built on top of the Microsoft .net framework 2.0, SQL Server 2005 Express Manager can be used to manage SQL Server 2000, SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (MSDE 2000) and SQL Server 2005 Developer and Express Edition databases on local and remote computers.
Paul Flessner, Microsoft senior vice-president for SQL Server, said, "We're confident that programs like the community technology preview will help us build a better product and encourage other customers to make the switch to SQL Server."
SQL Server 2005 Express Manager is available for download from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads.