Microsoft Corp. detailed the new product line for Microsoft SQL Server 2005, the next version of its flagship database and analysis product, including information about new functionality and pricing for the expanded product line. The SQL Server 2005 product family has been redesigned to better meet the needs of each customer segment, and as a low-cost mainstream database it will deliver unprecedented value and functionality compared with competitive solutions.

The four new editions will offer a range of features, from high availability and robust scalability to advanced business intelligence tools, designed to empower users across an organization through a more secure, reliable and productive data management platform. In addition, with reduced application downtime, robust scalability and performance, and tighter security controls, SQL Server 2005 represents a huge step forward in supporting the most demanding enterprise systems in the world. Since SQL Server is part of Windows Server System(TM), customers will receive the added benefits of reduced TCO and faster development time through the increased manageability and integration that result from the common engineering strategy implemented across Windows Server System products.

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