SQL Server Developer Edition not free anymore

It looks like MS wants to make some more cash. The Developer Edition of SQL Server 2008 R2 and 2012 are NOT free anymore. Now you must buy it for U$ 50 or 60. Not too much, but not exactly cheap. For something you will use to train and experiment with – and then use this knowledge to convince your manager/company to buy the full version, it should definetly be free.

We still have the 180-day Enterprise Edition trial though (but I do not know if the “ManagementStudio: Complete” installed from trial will expire after 6 months or not). I also could not confirm WHEN they started this, but I guess it doesn’t matter now.

Product links:



Some MSDN threads with more info:




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