Express now comes in small, medium and large

No, this is not about a new extra value meal from your favorite fast food restaurant.  In order to accommodate different requirements and download sizes, a new edition of Express will be offered alongside Express with Advanced Services, about a month after the core edition comes online, called Express with Tools.  Like Express with Advanced Services, this will come with a slim version of Management Studio, as well as PowerShell integration and Sync Services (in the basic Express edition, you can get these as well, but they are separately downloaded/installed).  Express with Advanced Services will be the only edition to include and support Integrated Full Text Search, Reporting Services and Business Intelligence Development Studio.

For a full product matrix comparing the three Express editions, see the SQL Server Express WebLog.

Aaron Bertrand

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