CoDe Magazine recently published a special issue that features the work of the Data Programmability product unit at Microsoft.
Links to all the articles are here http://www.code-magazine.com/focus/index.aspx
Of special interest to developers who use SQL Server Native Client are the articles by Vaughn Washinton "Programming SQL Server 2008" at http://www.code-magazine.com/Article.aspx?quickid=990712122 and my article "ODBC Rocks!" at http://www.code-magazine.com/Article.aspx?quickid=990712172
Program Manager, Microsoft SQL Server Native Client