Mary Jo Foley at Microsoft Watch:
Think every two to three years for a new SQL Server release. Expect a newly rebranded mobile version of SQL Server that will run on the Windows client. And watch for new tools tie-ins, according to the Redmond software giant.
Microsoft outlined in very broad strokes its long-term data storage vision on April 6 at a customer lunch in San Francisco.
Microsoft is rebranding its SQL Server Mobile Edition product as “SQL Server Everywhere,” and is planning to release a first Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of a new version of that product in the summer of 2006, with final availability slated in some time in the second half of 2006. The new SQL Server Everywhere release will run on Windows CE, as does the current product, but also on Win32 and Win64 platforms.
“SQL Server Everywhere is a very light-weight database. It’s not a server. It’s for online and offline use,” said Paul Flessner, Senior Vice President of Microsoft’s Data and Storage Division.
In offline mode, users might choose to run SQL Server Everywhere on their Windows systems, and then later sync it with a server-version of SQL Server, he added.
Microsoft also is on track to release a final version of its first service pack (SP) for SQL Server 2005 later in April, Flessner said.
There’s also a letter from Flessner on Microsoft’s Web site that has more details.
Update 4/10: Microsoft’s Steve Lasker has a Q&A on SQL Server Everywhere.