You say that dropping the support for the WHERE clause is breaking away from the ANSI standard. It is the ANSI standard that has pshed the move to using the FROM clause for Joins and not the WHERE clause. Based on that how would this move by Microsoft be considered a move away from the ANSI standard? Even if the latest standard allows for joins in the FROM and WHERE clause the fact that the preferred method of joins is in the FROM clause I would think that sticking with usisng the WHERE clause would actually be a move away from the ANSI standard.
PLease understand that I am not trying to sound negative or attack your comment, I know personally how emails and postings are poor at properly conveying emotions. I am merely trying to understand why you feel this way and try to find out if maybe I have missed something or have improperly understood the ANSI standard.
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