Have you ever danced with Denali in the Pale Moonlight? (Ok, I changed that famous quote from the original Batman movie :-)
As most in the SQL community are already aware, Microsoft has recently released to the public the Community Technology Preview 3 (CTP3) for the next version of SQL Server, code-named Denali. Back in July, 11, 2011, (7/11 lucky numbers?) the SQL Server Team announced this (along with the release of SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1) on their official team blog: See Denali CTP3 Is Here!
Will Microsoft fulfull it's goal, and will it be called SQL Server 11? Many are wondering, after a long road from SQL 2008 R2, when will SQL Server v.Xx finally be released? Well, keep wondering :-) In absence of any clear, official answers, speculation abounds and fills our nagging void for information.
While I don't have any secret inside information to share (couldn't even if I did :-), there have been some public hints dropped here and there that we're indeed getting closer. According to the SQL Server team on Facebook - yes, they are projecting a friendly social media presence there - the CTP is 90% feature complete! Perhaps a strange place for official news announcements from the likes of Microsoft, but it was indeed confirmed it's really them.
You can see this post on SQLServerTeamOnFacebook. The leading quote, "