Microsoft Launches SQL Server 2000 Windows CE Edition at PASS 2000

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 26, 2000 — Today in his keynote at the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) 2000 Conference, Paul Flessner, senior vice president of the .NET Enterprise Servers Group at Microsoft Corp., announced the worldwide availability, pricing and licensing of Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2000 Windows® CE Edition. A new member of the SQL Server product family, SQL Server for Windows CE extends enterprise data management capabilities to devices such as the Pocket PC, the Handheld PC and other custom mobile devices running Windows CE, and rounds out the SQL Server 2000 family as the complete database and analysis offering for rapidly delivering the next generation of scalable e-commerce, line-of-business and data warehousing solutions.

Compact yet capable, SQL Server for Windows CE offers essential relational database functionality in a small, 1MB footprint. The Windows CE Edition has the familiar look of SQL Server, with tools, APIs and SQL grammar that minimize development time. Support for downloading, updating and synchronizing data from back-end SQL Server databases is provided through Remote Data Access (RDA) and merge replication, both of which work over HTTP and support encryption, making SQL Server Windows CE Edition ideal for mobile and wireless scenarios. And because solutions can be developed using the same programming skills as required for the Visual Basic® and Visual C++® development systems, organizations can easily extend existing enterprise applications to devices.

“We researched alternatives and selected Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Windows CE Edition because of the integration of mobile database technology with existing enterprise database investments,”
said Herb Brian Smith, lead technology adviser for Nabisco U.S. Sales and Marketing Systems.

Key hardware partners, including Intermec Technologies Corp. and Symbol Technologies Inc., support SQL Server Windows CE Edition. Both companies produce robust, Windows-powered devices compatible with SQL Server CE.

“Customers use Intermec devices in many different ways, but one thing they need — whether in a hospital or on a factory floor — is fast, flexible access to data,”
said Jeff Hovorka, product manager at Intermec.
“SQL Server 2000 Windows CE Edition provides that and comes with an army of well-trained SQL Server developers who already have the skills they need to extend enterprise applications to devices.”

“Symbol devices support many different data input technologies, including bar code scanning, that help make businesses more efficient,”
said Keith Kanneg, senior director of Symbol Technologies Inc.
“SQL Server for Windows CE provides a reliable, wireless-ready storage engine for this data, no matter where it’s collected.”

Pricing, Licensing and Availability

SQL Server 2000 Windows CE Edition is licensed as part of SQL Server 2000 Developer Edition. Unlimited deployment of SQL Server Windows CE Edition to devices is covered by the SQL Server 2000 Developer Edition license. Devices can connect to back-end SQL Server databases if the back-end server is a per-processor licensed SQL Server or the client device itself has a SQL Server client access license (CAL). SQL Server 2000 Developer Edition can be obtained from for an estimated retail price of $499 plus shipping and handling. MSDN® Universal subscribers receive SQL Server 2000 Developer Edition in their subscription shipments. More information on SQL Server 2000 Windows CE Edition is available from .

About PASS

The Professional Association for SQL Server is the definitive, global community for SQL Server professionals. PASS is the first independent, user-run, not-for-profit association committed to providing SQL Server professionals around the world with the resources and knowledge necessary to achieve unparalleled business results. Cofounded by Microsoft and Computer Associates and supported by a group of Charter Vendors, the PASS mission is to provide members with a forum for education, facilitate networking and influence the direction of SQL Server and related products and services. For more information about PASS, please visit .

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