Hurray…! At laaaaaast Microsoft officially announced today that they are planning to ship one last Service pack for both SQL Server 2008 and 2008R2. Timing of the release will be little odd though. They will be available to public after July 8th 2014(After Mainstream support ends). This is defenitely a good news (In fact great news) for companies which don’t let DBA’s to Install CU’s and just rely on Service Packs.
If you are curious, SQL Server 2008 SP3 was released back in 2011 October and 2008R2 SP2 was released in July 2012. Since then microsoft is releasing Cumulative updates.
Get ready for SQL Server 2008 SP4 and SQL Server 2008R2 SP3 folks 🙂
See this blog post from SQL Server Team for more information.