Hi... Wanted to give you a quick heads-up on news today from Microsoft regarding SQL Server:
Microsoft announced that SQL Server 2012 has released to manufacturing (RTM). Customers and partners can download an evaluation of the product today and can expect general availability to begin on April 1.
Microsoft also disclosed that it will release a new, limited preview of an Apache Hadoop-based service for Microsoft Windows Azure in the first half of 2012. The Apache Hadoop-based service helps you to glean simple, actionable insights from complex data sets hosted in the cloud by optimizing connectivity with SQL Server 2012 and tools such as Excel, PowerPivot, and Power View. Customers interested in signing up for the latest preview should visit this page.
I also wanted remind you about Today’s SQL Server 2012 virtual launch event.