Microsoft to Release SQL Server 2000 on Windows CE

SAN MATEO (04/19/2000) - At the unveiling of the Pocket PC Wednesday in New York, Microsoft Corp. is expected to announce that it will begin offering a beta version of its SQL Server 2000 database for Windows CE.

"We've done a lot of work to make it easy for developers to target applications at mobile devices," said Barry Goffe, lead product manager for SQL Server 2000.

"We've preserved as much of the programming model as possible and moved it down to the CE platform."

The standard version of SQL Server 2000 and the new Windows CE beta version use the same tools, same query language, and the same mechanism for synchronizing data, Goffe added. The beta is also Web and wireless enabled.

"It's easy to do synchronization via WAP (wireless application protocol) over the Web," Goffe said.

Additionally, Goffe noted, the new beta version is compatible with all other versions of SQL Server 2000 and can be run on any kind of device running the Windows CE operating system.

"SQL Server 2000 for Windows CE can run on any kind of CE device, whether it be in cars, other handhelds; whatever," Goffe said. "We're really trying to deliver a solution that makes it easy for developers to develop wireless applications."

The beta version of SQL Server 2000 for Windows CE will be available on Microsoft's Web site beginning June 30.

Microsoft Corp., in Redmond, Washington, can be reached at www.microsoft.com.

Brad Shewmake is an InfoWorld reporter.

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