We are pleased to announce that SQL Server 2012 Express LocalDB Release Candidate 0 is now available for download. Try it here today!

LocalDB is a new version of Express created specifically for developers. It is very easy to install and requires no management, yet it offers the same T-SQL language, programming surface and client-side providers as the regular SQL Server Express. LocalDB was created so that developers that use SQL Server no longer have to install and manage a full instance of SQL Server Express on their laptops or other machines. Plus, developers can take this into production as it also serves as an embedded database. Click here for more technical details.

Originally introduced in CTP3, LocalDB now offers a brand new installer in RC0. With this dedicated, 33MB MSI package, it is now possible to install LocalDB in under a minute. Click here for more details on the installation process.

For questions, log onto our SQL Server Express Forum and for more on SQL Server Express and which version may be right for you, visit our SQL Server Express page.

Download SQL Server 2012 Express LocalDB today!