The Report Designer provides the capability to design, develop, test and deploy reports. It is a developer-centric tool called Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS) that comes with SQL Server 2008. The 2008 version of BIDS has an updated and more intuitive user interface, and many new charts and graphs for enhanced visualizations. We will cover BIDS in later sections of the tutorial.
For non-developers SQL Server 2008 has a new and enhanced version of Report Builder, which was first released with SQL Server 2005. We will not be covering Report Builder in this tutorial. You can get an introduction to the tool by reading one of our tips noted below.