Microsoft to Offer Popular SQL Server 2000 Driver For JDBC at No Charge

DENVER, Jan. 29, 2002 — Today during his keynote address at the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) North America conference, Gordon Mangione, vice president for SQL Server at Microsoft Corp., announced that the Microsoft®
SQL Server (TM) 2000 Driver for Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) will be generally available this spring at no additional charge for licensed customers of SQL Server 2000. The driver, available now as a new beta download, is a best-in-class Type 4 JDBC driver that enables users of Java and J2EE to integrate with SQL Server 2000. This announcement demonstrates Microsoft’s commitment to platform interoperability by providing highly scalable and reliable connectivity tools for enterprise developers.

Microsoft developed SQL Server 2000 Driver for JDBC to maximize customers’ access to SQL Server data. JDBC is the standard application programming interface for accessing data for Java and J2EE. Microsoft worked with DataDirect Technologies, an industry leader in connectivity components for data and applications, to develop the driver. As a result, enterprise customers have greater flexibility managing and analyzing their data across heterogeneous systems and platforms.

The new beta release of the SQL Server Driver for JDBC includes support for sql_variant data types and XA transactions. Also included is the foundation for Unicode and double-byte character set (DBCS) in preparation for international support that will be available soon. The updated beta driver is available for immediate download at .

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