Microsoft SQL Server 2012: What to Expect
Source: Global Knowledge
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 has many great new features that will allow you to develop higher performing, more scalable next-generation applications using more than just relational data. Although this release will be a little early for many customers, the fact that the features are largely incremental in nature should reassure users that Microsoft is building on the established foundation of SQL Server 2008. Using the same architecture and management tools, you will be able to smoothly upgrade your systems and skills based on the need for the new features and according to your own schedule.