Microsoft SQL Server Powers the Database Revolution

REDMOND, Wash., June 14, 2001 — Providing customers with cutting-edge technology that is both immediately usable and deployable is nothing new for Microsoft Corp. Many years ago, the developers of Microsoft® SQL Server™
made a bet on database technology that made their product stand out from the competition. The goal was to increase customer benefit by integrating features that other vendors offered as costly additions. Today, the tradition endures. While the competition is only now announcing
products with integrated features such as scale-out functionality for commodity hardware, advanced analytics, and automated management and tuning, SQL Server customers have already successfully deployed applications that solve real business problems with these features.

In addition, with ongoing work such as XML for Analysis and XML for SQL Server 2000 Web Releases, SQL Server customers can be assured that they are up-to-date with support for critical new standards like the XML Schema Definition (XSD) and innovations like XML Web Services. Moreover, SQL Server customers can look forward to the upcoming release of a 64-bit version of SQL Server 2000 and a second major release of SQL Server, Windows® CE Edition.

So while the competition plays catch-up with their
database offerings, Microsoft SQL Server continues to bring innovation and cutting-edge technology to leading companies looking to stay one step ahead.

More about Microsoft SQL Server is available online at .

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