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Code names of Microsoft SQL Server family

  • Sep 27 / 2008
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Code names of Microsoft SQL Server family

I have noted that at many places SQL Servers are referred with their code name rather than their version. Code names are awarded while a product is in process before launching to market. Microsoft usually does not announce a final name until shortly before the product is publicly available. So it is good to share here a list of code names awarded to SQL Server family by Microsoft.
SQL95
Known as SQL Server 6.0. It was the first version of Microsoft SQL Server that was designed for Windows NT

Starfighter
Known as SQL Server Enterprise Manager. Management tool, included in SQL Server 6.0 – SQL Server 2000

Hydra
Known as SQL Server 6.5. It is same as Terminal Services, Terminal Server

Sphinx
Known as SQL Server 7.0.

Plato
Known as SQL Server 7.0 OLAP Services. It was (later called Analysis Services, in SQL Server 2000

Shiloh
Known as SQL Server 2000 (32-bit). It is version 8.0

Liberty
Known as SQL Server 2000 (64-bit). It is version 8.0, Intel Itanium based system only

Rosetta
Known as SQL Server Reporting Services.

Yukon
Known as SQL Server 2005. It is version 9.0

Laguna
Known as SQL Server 2005 Mobile Edition.

Katmai / Akadia
Known as SQL Server 2008. It is Version 10

Blue
Known as SQL Report Designer 2.0. This is the stand alone release of the tool for SQL Server Reporting Services.

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