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Yukon's Broad Beta Slated for Second Half of 2002

The next version of SQL Server, code-named "Yukon," will enter widespread beta testing in the second half of 2002, and ship sometime in 2003, according to a senior Microsoft official.

The timetable provided by Gordon Mangione, vice president for SQL Server, differs slightly from published reports over the last couple of weeks that put the beta testing phase of the database server in the first half of 2002.

"It's a big release and, to be brutally honest, we're just not going to be in beta until the second half of next year," Mangione said in an interview with ENT.

"We'll do some private drops in the first half of 2002," Mangione said. "When you say beta these days with Microsoft software, you're talking about a half million people."

Yukon is the version of SQL Server that will bring .NET, the Common Language Runtime environment and XML much deeper into the plumbing of the database engine and build in considerable scale-up engineering.

"Yukon is a fairly substantial release. It's not as big as SQL Server 7.0, but start to finish it's going to be about 2 1/2 years," Mangione said. SQL Server 2000, by comparison, took about 15 months from start to finish.

For much of that pre-release cycle, the product will be feature complete. Mangione noted that before Microsoft released SQL Server 2000, the company was running the database server in production environments on more than 40 systems, including the company's critical SAP system.

Microsoft's roadmap for 64-bit versions of SQL Server are also public at this point. Microsoft will release a 64-bit version of SQL Server 2000 45 days or more after shipping 64-bit versions of the Windows .NET server family, Mangione said. Yukon's 2003 release will see simultaneous 32-bit and 64-bit versions, he said.

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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