This press release from ESRI has the news that I know many of you have been waiting to hear! Jack Dangermond, ESRI President:

We have worked with Microsoft for many years and have many customers in common. The new integration between SQL Server 2008 Spatial and ArcGIS represents a significant opportunity for companies to work cooperatively around the world. ArcGIS 9.3 and the spatial enhancements in SQL Server 2008 will help meet the needs of our many customers who have been asking for SQL access to spatial features stored in SQL Server.

Discussion over on J-Fee's Blog. Personally, I've been putting off installing the November build of SQL Server as I've been busy with other stuff, but its definitely time to get started. Any of you that are already working with it have any tips or comments to share?

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