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June 3, 2008

Gates says goodbye at TechEd08

Posted by David Hunter at 7:00 PM ET.

Bill Gates made a valedictory appearance at this year’s TechEd and along with a Steve Ballmer robot had some some development related announcements:

Not on the formal program was a certain amount of uncertainty over the arrival of SQL Server 2008:

He said Microsoft’s SharePoint Server would become the first Microsoft product to use enterprise search from its Fast Search and Transfer acquisition. The delayed SQL Server will be next. "Think of it as SQL Server, but it’s really Fast," he said.

For all the talk of data services, there was still no date on the next edition of SQL Server. Demonstrating SQL Server 2008, Dave Campbell, from Microsoft’s data storage platform division said SQL Server 2008 would be available in the "next month or two."

SQL Server 2008 is due in 3Q so it is not really past its latest due date. Fast Search & Transfer was acquired by Microsoft in January.



Filed under Acquisitions, Beta and CTP, Bill Gates, Conferences, Coopetition, Executives, Expression Blend, IBM, IE8, Internet Explorer, Microsoft, OS - Server, Office, SQL Server, Servers, SharePoint Designer, Silverlight, Steve Ballmer, Sync Framework, TechEd08, Technologies, Tools, Visual Studio 2008, Windows SharePoint Services

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One Response to “Gates says goodbye at TechEd08”

  1. Fast times at Microsoft acquisition Fast Search & Transfer? | Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] financial laundry being aired from Fast Search and Transfer which Microsoft acquired in January and whose technology is scheduled to appear in SharePoint Server and SQL Server: Even back in January when Microsoft agreed to pay $1.2 billion for enterprise search company Fast [...]

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