Microsoft bought ActiveViews, a small company last April for its ad hoc reporting capabilities. Those functions, with a re-written interface, will now be poured into a "self-service ad hoc report builder" for business users.
The first bits of the Reporting Services Report Builder will surface in beta 3 of SQL Server 2005, code-named Yukon, by year's end, the company said.
A Microsoft spokeswoman said the inclusion should not affect the latest projected ship date for Yukon, which is the first half of 2005.
Bill Baker, general manager of SQL Server Business Intelligence, will announce the news at the annual PASS (Professional Association of SQL Server) conference on Wednesday.