Just like SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3, which became Service Pack 3a, now it's SQL Server 2005.
Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2005 is now Service Pack 2a and it's been updated to fix the maintenance plan issue.
Updated: Jan 2008. One of the big changes in SQL Server 2005 is the integration of the CLR into the relational engine itself. This is probably the biggest reason for the delays in completing the product and it is a controversial decision. Steve Jones spends a few minutes looking at the pros and cons of having the CLR integrated and possible implications for DBAs.
After the announcement last week by Microsoft that there would be no Beta 3 for SQL Server 2005 and that the CTP process would take over, Steve Jones had the opportunity to interview Thomas Rizzo and Allan Ros from the SQL Server development team about the CTP process and testing the SQL Server builds.
Everyone wants to get ahead of the curve with SQL Server 2005, but many people don't have the time or desire to dig through a Google search. Steve Jones has gotten quite a few requests for resources, so here is a compiled list of some places that might help you get started.
SQL Server 2005 is on everyone's mind, especially with SQL Server 2000 almost 5 years old. On Monday, April 18, Microsoft made an announcement that the April CTP was available, but there would be no Beta 3. Read Steve Jones take on this announcement as well as a few more details.