Microsoft has set another target date for the launch of its long-awaited database, tool set and integration server.
SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006 will officially launch the week of Nov. 7, Microsoft said Tuesday at its TechEd 2005 conference in Orlando, Fla. The Redmond, Wash.-based software vendor also unveiled the first community technical previews of BizTalk 2006 and of SQL Server 2005.
BizTalk 2006, the integration product, is being updated to take advantage of new SQL Server and Visual Studio perks, but is otherwise a "fit and finish" release and will not ship till the first quarter of 2006, said Steven Martin, group product manager of Microsoft's Business Process and Integration Division.
Microsoft has said for some time that the toolset and database would ship this year and the talk of a specific date would appear to show it's confident it can do so. The products were originally expected in 2004.
The delays stem from bulletproofing for security and other concerns. "No one wants to ship SQL Server 2005 more than me," said Paul Flessner, senior vice president of Server Applications at Microsoft. "It was a lot of work to make sure customers and developers have a seamless developer experience."
SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 share support for Microsoft's Common Language Runtime to preserve developers' skill sets in the popular programming languages.