SQL Server 2008 Release Candidate - public download is available now
In the past week SQL Server 2008 RC0 has been made available for early download by MSDN and TechNet Plus subscribers. RC0 is the final step before SQL Server 2008 RTMs in Q3 of this year. After logging into their respective accounts, subscribers can view Product Keys and download SQL Server 2008 RC0 from the following links: MSDN subscribers: Download SQL Server 2008 RC0 & TechNet Plus subscribers: Download SQL Server 2008 RC0 links.
Also Tech-Ed conference has got more importance for the users to know more about pre-release of products, as in last year Katmai CTP was released officially and one year on as expected the SQL Server 2008 Release Candidate 0 (RC0) has been made public today from this downloads page.
Don't forget the best practice that install the RC0 on a VPC machine (Virtual Machine) than messing up with current SQL2008 February CTP environment (if at all you have). Like it refers in that download page don't forget: