Microsoft is planning to release the next version of its SQL Server database, which is codenamed "Katmai," in 2008. Everybody is waiting anxiously what this version will bring us. Like everybody I've a personal wish list for SSRS and it seems MS is working hard to fulfill this list.
- Rich Text support
- RTF/DOC/PPT rendering
- Shared Styles (Styles sheets)
- Font embedding in PDF
- Many Chart enhancement (Dundas)
- Edit in Preview
At the Microsoft Business Intelligence (BI) Conference Jeff Raikes announced that Microsoft likes to acquire OfficeWriter from SoftArtisans. OfficeWriter is the only product available today that works with Reporting Services to preserve 100% of the features in your sophisticated spreadsheets and documents. Reporting Services currently does not support MS Word and has limited support for MS Excel. This is a huge win for folks who want to render reports to Word.
Another thing which is quite remarkable is the Report Designer will get a new look and feel. This could mean that MS is integrating the original Report Designer which is a part of BIDS and Report Builder to one product or the Report Designer is leaving the Visual Studio environment. Here is screen dump of the new Report Designer.
New Report Designer
Furthermore Microsoft added a new Katmai informational site Your Data, Any Place, Any Time. This site will inform you about the latest evolvements of "Katmai".
Unfortunately not all sessions from the Microsoft Business Intelligence (BI) Conference are and will be available on the net, so it's hard to understand where MS is heading to. Maybe the organizers could learn something from the MIX organizers because all sessions were available on the net within 24 hours after each live presentation. Great job guys! Besides this I hope you're are as enthusiastic as I'm about "Katmai" and I can hardly wait till the first CTP of "Katmai" will come out public.