OK, this is definitely not what I have been expecting around SQL Server 2012. But as usual, Microsoft managed to surprise their users (along with the news around certification, editions, etc. lately) with the release for download of the RC0.
The download process requires registration but I believe that should not be a show stopper
The news around SQL Server 2012 are so much and all so big and “life changing” that I would not like to spam you with them. I will just let you read about them yourself
What is new in Microsoft SQL Server 2012 – information on what is new in this version
SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit – training kit preview where you can explore new features, technologies and innovations in All Mighty SQL 2012.
SQL Server 2012 Licensing FAQ – interesting questions and answers on the subject of licensing and licensing changes in SQL Server 2012!