Today sees Microsoft release the June Community Technology Preview (CTP) of SQL Server 2005. It’s a public preview and can be downloaded by anyone (you don’t need a MSDN subscription for this one)
By the same note, Microsoft also announced at Tech.Ed that they will be shipping SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 in Noveber 2005. That’s a late “2005” product launch, but with such a large number of improvements and additions to the products, it’s hardly surprising.
If you haven’t had a taste of SQL Server 2005 yet, nows your chance.