YUKON, the next version of SQL Server seems to be more promising. I just had came across this from a newsgroup and visited the Microsoft SQL Server homepage.:
Perhaps one of the features like using VB.NET or C# for the database applications, since CLR is now embedded in the database engine, it is taking the SQL Server far beyond all other databases in the world. That is a significant feature of Yukon.
Yukon -- You have become a sweetheart even before you release. See yourself how many WebLogs and Reviews that you have generated. We have become your foremost fans, waiting to welcome you.