SQL Server 2005 End of Support

Microsoft will end extended support for SQL Server 2005 on April 12, 2016.  No further security updates will be made.   Microsoft recommends that SQL 2005 users upgrade to a paid SQL Server 2014 license.

More information is available at http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2015/04/13/are-you-still-running-sql-server-2005-now-is-the-time-to-upgrade-to-a-modern-data-platform/


http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/sql-server-2005/? wt.mc_id=WW_CE_MU_OO_BLOG_NONE

SQL Server Express 2014 is free but limited use database, available at https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/sqlserver2014express.aspx.