The latest evidence that Microsoft has lost its Midas Touch? Its bid for a bigger piece of the $14 billion database business, a sector now ruled by Oracle and IBM . Until now, Microsoft has been doing what it does best to attract corporate customers: It has tied its SQL Server database management software to programs running on Windows desktops.
But now Microsoft has a problem. Vista, its long-awaited update to the Windows operating system, can't run the current version of SQL Server.