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Posted Monday, February 23, 2009 5:04 PM


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The free edition gets people interested in the product. Once they see what it can do, they hopefully get hooked and want more.


Would that were true! Can't seem to get much traction with any of the free Express SKUs -- even the ones that feel almost like Standard (i.e. Express with Advanced Services). It's getting better, but it's not always about just the price tag.

FWIW, producing an additional SKU is non-trivial work (just like obsolescing them), and I sincerely doubt we go through the trouble just because somebody thought it was a good idea.

Bonus points for anyone who can name additional "real" proposed SKUs that didn't make the cut... (Maybe bonus points for humorous parodies, too.)

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I agree, not sure people get hooked on Express and grow. They use Express in places where it fits.

Produce new SKUs? Why not "unlock" features? You have the technology in the XBOX group to unlock things according to some event. Why not use some "product key" to unlock features people want to pay for?

SKUs that didn't make the cut? You mean edition names? Or something else?







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Posted Tuesday, February 24, 2009 1:30 AM


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The free edition gets people interested in the product. Once they see what it can do, they hopefully get hooked and want more.


Bonus points for anyone who can name additional "real" proposed SKUs that didn't make the cut... (Maybe bonus points for humorous parodies, too.)


OK then...

How about Prequel Server, where MS put all the bugs back in so people can see how it all began.

Or SQL Server Olympic Edition, to hit the shelves in 2014 ;)

SQL Server Manager's edition has had SSMS amended to remove all the potentially dangerous functions, which have in turn been replaced with lots of dynamic graphs and traffic lights.

And the SQL Server development team have finally caught up with their Excel counterparts and added a flight sim easter egg to SQ Server. They've code-named that one "Hudson".


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Posted Tuesday, February 24, 2009 1:52 AM


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Oh, and I forgot. What about SQL Server Economy Edition, that doesn't crash often but costs about $7 billion to get started again when it does.

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"SQL Server Flying Pigs" version - one that does everything you want/need without crashing.

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"SQL Server Flying Pigs" version - one that does everything you want/need without crashing.


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Produce new SKUs? Why not "unlock" features? You have the technology in the XBOX group to unlock things according to some event.


You mean if you successfully run log backups for a week you open up differential backups? Use database mirroring and unlock the turbo server option?
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Produce new SKUs? Why not "unlock" features? You have the technology in the XBOX group to unlock things according to some event.


You mean if you successfully run log backups for a week you open up differential backups? Use database mirroring and unlock the turbo server option?


And if you get to level 80 and win enough query-vs-query battles in the arena, you get to start earning the purple-quality T-SQL commands! Yeah! (Sorry, World of Warcraft reference for anyone who doesn't get this.)


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Produce new SKUs? Why not "unlock" features? You have the technology in the XBOX group to unlock things according to some event.


You mean if you successfully run log backups for a week you open up differential backups? Use database mirroring and unlock the turbo server option?


And if you get to level 80 and win enough query-vs-query battles in the arena, you get to start earning the purple-quality T-SQL commands! Yeah! (Sorry, World of Warcraft reference for anyone who doesn't get this.)


LOL And if the query wipes blame it on the hunter!

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