SQL Server Express 2008 is now available

Sorry I missed this yesterday with all the excitement over the Visual Studio SP1 release (which allowed some people to finally install the SQL Server 2008 release from last week).  Yesterday also marked the release of SQL Server 2008 Express Edition, which you can download here:


You can read more background about it at the sqlexpress blog; if you have a previous edition of Express on your machine(s), you should read this for important setup/upgrade information:


Note that only the core edition of SQL Server Express has been made available; you will likely have to wait a few weeks before you see the "with Tools" and "with Advanced Services" releases that I talked about the other day.

Aaron Bertrand

I am a passionate technologist with industry experience dating back to Classic ASP and SQL Server 6.5. I am a long-time Microsoft MVP, write at SQLPerformance and MSSQLTips, and have had the honor of speaking at more conferences than I can remember. In non-tech life, I am a father of two, a huge hockey and football fan, and my pronouns are he/him. If I've helped you out, consider thanking me with a coffee. :-)