“I just wanted to let the community know that we have just released a new Express edition called SQL Server 2008 Management Studio Express to the web today!
We teased out the Tools portion of SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools into it’s own download. It’s free and has most of the tools you would expect available in SQL Server Management Studio.
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“Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Management Studio Express is a free, easy-to use version of SQL Server that includes more features and makes it easier than ever to start developing powerful data-driven applications for the web or local desktop.
Version: 10.00.1600.22 Date Published: 2/20/2009 Language: English Download Size: 168.3 MB - 344.7 MB*
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Management Studio Express (SSMSE) is an integrated environment for accessing, configuring, managing, administering, and developing all components of SQL Server. SQL Server 2008 Management Studio Express combines a broad group of graphical tools with a number of rich script editors to provide access to SQL Server to developers and administrators of all skill levels. SQL Server 2008 Management Studio Express combines the features of Enterprise Manager, Query Analyzer, and Analysis Manager, included in previous releases of SQL Server, into a single environment. Developers get a familiar experience, and database administrators get a single comprehensive utility that combines easy-to-use graphical tools with rich scripting capabilities.
A handy download for when you just need the Management Studio and don’t have the SQL Server DVD/ISO handy (or don’t want to download the Express with Tools just to get the Management Studio)
Special Note: Make sure you read the entire download page, instructions and requirements before installing this as there are a number of pre-req’s and special notes.