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.

About the Author

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


  • Azure Active Directory Connect Preview Adds Support for Disconnected AD Forests

    Microsoft on Thursday announced a preview of a new "Cloud Provisioning" feature for the Azure Active Directory Connect service that promises to bring together scattered Active Directory "forests."

  • Microsoft Defender ATP Gets macOS Investigation Support

    The endpoint and detection response (EDR) feature in Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) has reached the "general availability" stage for macOS devices.

  • How To Block Self-Service Purchasing in Microsoft's Power Platform

    Microsoft threw Office 365 admins a bone when it gave them the ability to block users from purchasing Power Platform tools without IT approval. Here's how to prevent total anarchy.

  • Azure DevOps Services Losing Support for Alternate Credentials

    Microsoft gave notice last week that it's going to drop Alternate Credentials support for authenticating users of its Azure DevOps Services.

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.