Not every team at Microsoft is insisting on secrecy about futures. In fact, the SQL Server database team is taking a much different course than its Windows brethren.
Just a couple of months after releasing to manufacturing SQL Server 2008, Microsoft is starting to offer details about its next release of its flagship database. That product, code-named “Killimanjaro,” will ship in the first half of 2010, according to Microsoft officials. The first tech preview test builds of Kilimanjaro are due in the first half of 2009, the Softies said.
Microsoft shared information about Kilimanjaro at the company’s second annual Business Intelligence Conference, which kicked off on October 6 in Seattle.
Kilimanjaro is set to include self-service analysis tools (codenamed “Gemini”) that Microsoft is saying will allow information workers to better “slice and dice data and create their own BI (business intelligence) applications and assets to share and collaborate on from within the familiar, everyday Microsoft Office productivity tools they already use.” Gemini will incorporate an update to SQL Server Analysis Services, plus some new in-memory components, some “splicers” and add-in exerpiences based on Excel, and deeper SharePoint integration, enbling users to share analyses they’ve created, Microsoft officials said.
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