Free copy of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Community Technology Preview (with free shipping in USA & Canada !)

OK, a quick lunchtime blog entry cause this is a pretty good deal if you’re an MSSQL DBA or just interested in the next MS database environment.

Microsoft is offering a free copy of the SQL Server 2005 Community Technology Preview on DVD/CD.

In addition, the usual $9.95 shipping is being waived for a limited time for requests from the USA and Canada. My sources indicate that the free shipping offer will expire after about 1000 sign-ups.

I submitted my request (with free shipping) after a few tries this morning around 10h05 EDT … it was buggy in both IE and FF, probably because of heavy demand… so act soon, if you want to save the $10.

Of course, if you’re on MSDN Premium or higher (or certain Select licensing and corporate deals with MS) , this is probably not of interest to you.

I think the official Microsoft RTM release date for SQL 2005 is still in November of this year…. (knock on wood)