Hello there folks! SQL Server 2008 express edition has been released. As you may know the Express Edition is aimed at students and low end users and is free of charge. If you want to experiment, learn and get yourself familiarized with the interface and coding, this is the version to get. The version featured in this post is the Express Edition with Advanced Services which has a few more extra features (see below) than the regular version.

Developer Description

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services (SQL Server 2008 Express) is a free, easy-to-use version of SQL Server Express that includes a graphical management tool and powerful features for reporting and advanced text-based searches. SQL Server 2008 Express provides powerful and reliable data management tools and rich features, data protection, and fast performance. It is ideal for small server applications and local data stores.

SQL Server 2008

SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services has all of the features in SQL Server 2008 Express, plus you can:

  • Easily manage and administer SQL Server 2008 Express with a easy-to-use graphical management tool - SQL Server 2008 Management Studio Basic.
  • Issue full-text queries against plain character-based data in SQL Server tables. Full-text queries can include words and phrases, or multiple forms of a word or phrase.
  • Run SQL Server Reporting Services reports on local relational data.


As said earlier, this can be downloaded freely from Microsoft.

[Click Here] to download SQL Server 2008 Express Edition x86 (32-bit) directly from official Microsoft servers.

[Click Here] to view download details or for the x64 (64-bit) version.