During my pre-con seminar last week at PASS in Seattle I asked a number of questions of the attendees and was caught off guard by one of the answers. The question was “How many people are running live with SQL2005”. The responses were pretty amazing in that 70% to 80% of the people raised their hands. When I asked that same question at TechEd 2006 just a few months earlier the figure was only around 30% to 40%. I thought it may have been a fluke so I asked it at my other sessions as well and the numbers were about the same as the Pre-con. The word on the street has been that SQL2005 was slow to be adopted but I feel the tide has turned. I think people are past the first service pack jitters and are now anxious to take advantage of all the nice features in SQL Server 2005. I know I sure am as there are just too many not to. Of coarse there will always be late adopters for various reasons. I sat next to a developer on the plane on my way out to DevConnections in Las Vegas the week before and he mentioned his company was developing a new product due to be out in the next 6 months or so. When I asked how they liked the new features in SQL Server 2005 he stated that they were using SQL Server 2000 instead. I asked why they would do something like that on a new product and he really didn’t know. Personally I think it is foolish to develop a new product from scratch and use an older version of software but I suppose they had their reasons. Any way it is good to see that SQL Server 2005 is taking off now.