SQL Server 2012 Release Date: April 1, 2012

Breaking news – Microsoft says it will be generally available for download on April 1, 2012 – yes, April Fool’s Day.  Mary Jo Foley writes that MSDN/TechNet subscribers will be able to download it tomorrow, March 7th.

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  • The Download Page now shows RTM.

    According to the Editions and Licensing FAQ, “Developer, Express and Compact Editions will also continue to be distributed without licensing or pricing changes.”, which is good news for tightwads like me.

  • David Longstaff
    April 4, 2012 3:29 pm

    So where do I get SQL Server 2012 Developer edition?

    • You can download it from MSDN or TechNet – check with your company sysadmins for access.

      • David Longstaff
        April 5, 2012 8:13 am

        Brent, Thanks for your timely reply. However I have looked all over MSDN and TechNet and cannot locate a download for SQL Server 2012 Developer edition, do you have a link you could post here? BTW I am an independant consultant and hence I am my sysadmin, and have full acccess.

  • David Longstaff
    April 5, 2012 8:26 am

    OK, so where did you download it from?

  • There is a risk of this old concept of database end up very soon.

    With Amithings, the first Web Database (it doesn’t work with Data, but Information), the SQL Language, Tables, Indexes, Procedures, Data, Metadata, and everything else, will be forgotten.

    • Awesome. So, let’s make a bet. I’ve got $100 that says that Amithings will power exactly zero of the world’s top 200 web site networks by the end of, say, 2016. Wanna take me on?