Microsoft will release new versions of its popular server software, including a new version of its SQL Server 2005 at an event in San Francisco today. They will also launch BizTalk Server 2006 and Visual Studio 2005.
The software releases will be followed a few weeks later by the release of Xbox 360, a new version of Microsoft's video game console.
The company promises many more new releases through 2006, including a recently announced batch of Internet-based offerings and new versions of its flagship Windows operating system and Office business software.
With the latest version of SQL, Microsoft is touting new functions for culling data from large amounts of information, called Business Intelligence.