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SQL Server 2005 SP2 bits ready

A community technical preview of SQL Server's next service pack is ready for download. The service pack is due out early next year.

Among the many products coming through its pipeline this month, Microsoft also released a community technical preview for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2.

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SQL Server 2005 SP1 ships

The service pack includes support for the Vista desktop operating system due out later this month. It features Data Mining Add-ins for Office 2007, which allows the use of data mining functionality from SQL Server Analysis Service with Excel 2007 and Visio 2007. There is also Oracle support in SQL Server Report Builder, so database administrators can use Report Builder on top of Oracle data sources.

The service pack is due out in the first quarter of 2007.

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