It is official - the countdown to launch has begun! During my Tech.Ed keynote this morning, I announced that SQL Server(TM) 2005, Visual Studio® 2005 and BizTalk® Server 2006 will launch the week of November 7. This will be the biggest launch ever for these products, and we're very excited to deliver them to you.
Some of you might be surprised to see that BizTalk Server 2006 has been added to the list of products that will make their debut in November, but from an integrated experience perspective this is an important addition. Many customers already benefit from the integrated development environment of BizTalk Server built on Visual Studio to quickly integrate and automate business processes that span applications, systems and trading partners. By integrating Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006, we hope to change the way you think about and use application infrastructure with your connected systems.
We continue to work closely with customers and partners as we get ready for the launch. To date, we have seven customers that have put applications based on the SQL Server 2005 Community Technology Previews (CTPs) into production and expect to have more than 20 customers in production before we launch. We also had more than 40 partners announce support for Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 today. We are in awe of the support and anticipation we're seeing from the industry for these products and expect this support to continue and even increase as we get closer to launch.
Microsoft Corp. also continues to deploy SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 internally. We have more than 80 applications in production using SQL Server 2005 today, with 10 instances of SQL Server 2005 that are storing multiple terabytes of data. These SQL Server 2005 installations have been responsible for processing more than 7 billion transactions against our SAP system SQL Server 2005 database to date, which includes processing close to 3 million invoices and more than 1.6 million sales orders.