The Reporting Services team is developing a new report designer tool that we're considering including in SQL Server Express 2008 with Advanced Services. This new report designer has a different user experience that is more geared toward information workers than developers. You can take a look at a preview of the new designer by downloading the SQL Server Developer 2008 November CTP. Once installed, you can find it at Start | All Programs | Microsoft SQL Server 2008 | Reporting Services | Report Designer Preview.
So why am I telling you this?
I'm interested in your opinions of this tool and the idea of having the new Report Designer as part of SQL Express instead of BIDs. (Don't worry: BIDs will still be available in other SQL Server 2008 editions, just not in Express.) I think the look and feel of the new Report Designer will be easier to use for most SQL Express users while still offering all the major report design functionality that folks need.
The only features that won't be exposed in the new designer are related to more advanced development tasks, such as creating managed assemblies to use in your reports.
Register your opinion about this change by either posting a comment in this blog or by using the EMAIL link at the top of the blog to send mail to the team. We're interested in what you think.
If you have feedback on the new Report Designer (features or bugs) you can post those through MS Connect, start at https://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer. You will have to register on the site to gain access, but once you do you will find information about our Community Technology Previews (CTPs) and a place to post your feedback.
SQL Express team