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SQL Server 2008 Express Edition is an easy-to-use, lightweight version of SQL Server 2008 designed for quickly building data-driven applications. The following is a list of features that help make SQL Server 2008 Express Edition the right choice for your needs. SQL database a free and feature-rich database for desktop, Web, and small server applications. Now with over 2x the storage!

Easy to get. Free to use.
  • Available free!
  • Quickly build and deploy your database solution.
  • Backup and restore with ease.
  • Available with a graphical management tool, reporting capabilities, full-text search, and spatial support.
  • Ideal for building Web sites and apps, small scale LOB solutions or for redistribution with ISV applications.

Powerful
  • 10 GB database storage.
  • The same advanced database engine as other versions of SQL Server.
  • Compatible with all editions of SQL Server® 2008: Scales with your growing business needs.
  • Compatible with the scalable, self-managed and multi-tenant cloud SQL Azure Database service.

Integrated
  • Download the SQL Server Driver for PHP or check out the Community Preview version 2.0 which supports PHP Data Objects (PDO).
  • Designed to work with Visual Studio and ASP.NET.
  • Take advantage of rich business intelligence and reporting with Microsoft® Office.
  • Synchronize with other SQL Server Databases using the Microsoft® Sync Framework.

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