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Two quick questions for anybody that's tried this:

  1. Will Management Studio 2012 install and run side-by-side with, say, Management Studio 2008? I vaguely recall not being able to do this with 2008 and 2005.

  2. Does Management Studio 2012 fully support connecting to and administering SQL Server 2008? Does Intellisense still work against older versions?

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  1. I have had no problems with it.
  2. No problems there either. Intellisense works against 2008 (not 2005 of course).
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  • Cool. Sounds like I can safely dive into 2012 Developer Edition, then. Addendum: Does shift+space still select the whole row in the table data editor? That drives me right up the wall.
    – db2
    Apr 3, 2012 at 13:36
  • @db2 - Never noticed that little feature but yes it does. Apr 3, 2012 at 13:40
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    Aw, man. Oh well, can't win 'em all. :)
    – db2
    Apr 3, 2012 at 13:41
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    Don't forget that SQL Server 2012 SSMS the lowest level server it can connect to is SQL Server 2005. Big difference between that and the 2008 versions.
    – SQLChicken
    Apr 22, 2012 at 14:55
  • @SQLChicken - Interesting. I don't use SQL Server 2000 that much but connecting with SSMS executing queries works just fine. Perhaps there are some other management stuff that does not work? Apr 23, 2012 at 6:02

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