What do you do when you can’t hit a release date target? Drop features, of course. And this time, the feature Microsoft decided to drop is a doozie. Amid all the hoopla of PDC 2005 this week, Microsoft quietly–oh so quietly–dropped a major bomb on its enterprise customers. The oft-delayed Microsoft SQL Server 2005 product line, which will ship in November–come hell or high water, is losing one of its most compelling features so it can meet that ill-advised release date. The feature, SQL Data Mirroring, would have let SQL Server 2005 boost performance by mirroring databases on remote servers. Microsoft now hopes to ship the mirroring feature in mid-2006, the company says. What I find amazing about this change is that it comes so late in the product’s development schedule. You’ve got to be kidding me.
Express Manager is being dropped. Its going to get its own Visual Studio lite appearance – also to come in the first half of next year.