Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, officially released SQL Server 2005 on Monday, in an effort to take market share from Oracle Corp.
Microsoft's SQL Server 2005, delayed several times as engineers sought to make the software more reliable and secure, is a corporate database program designed to store and retrieve business data.
Also released were Visual Studio 2005, Microsoft's package of tools for software developers, and a new beta version of BizTalk Server 2006, due for formal release next year.
"These three together continue to provide much better capabilities for the biggest enterprises," said Microsoft vice president Steve Guggenheimer. "For enterprise customers (these) give them another reason to look at Microsoft technology."
Microsoft is also offering free "express" editions of SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 for download, waiving a $49 fee for those editions during the launch phase of the products. Lees says Microsoft will review demand to see whether the company will reinstate the charge.
"We want to be very broad in terms of what we're doing to help people get into developing and producing solutions," said Andrew Lees, corporate vice president at Microsoft for server and tools marketing. Enditem