SQL Server 2008 R2 Express has been released

The final release of SQL Server 2008 R2 was made publically available on April 21, 2010! SQL Server Express continues to ship in 4 different packages. In this release of Express, we simplified the installation wizard. For the November CTP release, I documented the Express installation process at http://blogs.msdn.com/petersad/archive/2009/11/13/how-to-install-sql-server-2008-r2-express-edition-november-ctp.aspx. The installation process has not changed since the November CTP, except some messages have been changed to indicate the final release.

I posted more information about this release to http://blogs.msdn.com/petersad/archive/2010/04/26/installing-sql-server-2008-r2-express.aspx.