The name is officially set and the next version of SQL Server (SQL11) will be 2012 and the release date will be in the first half of next year. There will be a Release Candidate (RC0) should be provided by the end of the year that will be feature complete that everyone will be able to download and test out to provide feedback. This is very important to do so that you can report any bugs or items to the product team to review prior to the Release to Manufacture (RTM).sql server logo

Along with this the new self-service reporting tool (code named ‘Crescent’) has also received an official name of Power View. PowerPivot provides the self-service data modeling capabilities to integrate your data to create a BI Semantic Model (BISM) and Power View provides the highly interactive data exploration tool. One of the new features that has been added since CTP3 is the ability to have multiple views of the data within an existing rdlx file. This reminds me of the briefing book concept that ProClarity has where you would create and save multiple analytical views.

Stay tuned for more information and postings from the community as the PASS Summit event continues through the week. You can stay up-to-date by checking out the #sqlpass hash tag on Twitter. If you are not at the conference you can also checkout the keynote events that are being streamed each day and recorded on the event site – PASS 2011 Summit Live Streaming.