One bit of good news that came out of Paul Flessner's TechEd 2003 address is that SQL Server 2000 Developer Edition's price will drop from $499 to just $49. The company told me it wanted to make SQL Server more accessible to developers, but I suspect the price reduction has something to do with the free and quite popular MySQL database, an open-source product. Regardless, the new SQL pricing will drive sales, and at least one major company, Borland Software, has already agreed to include SQL Server Developer Edition in its products. The first will be Borland C# Builder, due this summer.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />