The Microsoft SQL Server product team is accepting applications for the SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 2 (SP2) beta program. Only registered members of this private program will receive the beta version of SP2 for testing and evaluation purposes. SP2 beta program participants will receive the following:

- Membership in private beta-only newsgroups featuring access to SQL Server developers and testers.
- Access to chat sessions that cover topics such as SQL Server tools and query optimization.
- Updates on reported bugs.
- Early look at improvements made to SQL Server 2000.

In addition to these benefits, active SP2 beta testers will also ensure themselves a place on the beta test team for the next major release of SQL Server, code-named Yukon. You can apply for the SQL Server 2000 beta program on the Microsoft Web site.