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Save money and improve agility and scale by modernizing your SQL Server to Azure SQL 

We’re all adapting to uncertain times. As employees shift to more remote ways of working and consumer behavior changes to meet the new normal, businesses are faced with a challenging choice: slow down operations to operate more cost-effectively, lean into new opportunities that may not have otherwise existed, or both. Either way, the ability to...Read more

Open innovation, customer choice, and reliability with SQL Server on SUSE 

With nearly two decades of delivering joint innovation to meet changing business demands, Microsoft and SUSE continue to focus on enabling digital transformation for our customers, building on open source solutions, and a seamless collaborative support model for SUSE workloads on SQL Server and Azure.  To broaden deployment options for our customers, you can run SQL Server...Read more

The May 2020 release of Azure Data Studio is now available 

The May release of Azure Data Studio is now available. Download Azure Data Studio and review the release notes to get started. Note: After downloading Azure Data Studio, say Yes to enabling preview features so that you can use extensions. Azure Data Studio is a multi-database, cross-platform desktop environment for data professionals using the family of on-premises and cloud data platforms on Windows, MacOS,...Read more

Announcing mssql-cli is now generally available on macOS and Linux 

We are excited to announce that mssql-cli is now generally available on macOS and Linux. mssql-cli is an open source and cross-platform command-line tool (CLI) to manage SQL Server on-prem and on the cloud. We are a proud member of the dbcli family of open source command line tools to manage relational databases. If you...Read more

The April 2020 release of Azure Data Studio is now available 

The April release of Azure Data Studio is now available. Download Azure Data Studio and review the release notes to get started. Note: After downloading Azure Data Studio, say Yes to enabling preview features so that you can use extensions. Azure Data Studio is a multi-database, cross-platform desktop environment for data professionals using the family...Read more

Enabling customer choice, agility, and performance with SQL Server on Red Hat 

Since the release of SQL Server 2017 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the industry-leading SQL Server database has been available on Red Hat Linux technologies. Microsoft and Red Hat continue to jointly engineer SQL-related offerings on Red Hat and provide enterprise experience to customers with co-located support for production workloads. Our engineering teams work side-by-side...Read more

Open sourcing the Java language extension for SQL Server 

With over 20 years of existence, Java is still one of the most popular programming languages and is used in many enterprise applications. In SQL Server 2019, we added a Java language extension, which enables secure execution of Java programs in the context of a SQL Server query. This enables a wide range of scenarios...Read more

SQL Server Management Studio 18.5 is now generally available 

Today, we’re sharing the release of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 18.5. We have some feature updates as well as important behind the scenes updates. You can download SQL Server Management Studio 18.5  today and review SSMS Release Notes for full details. A glimpse into some of the interesting changes for this release include, but...Read more

Migrate SQL workloads to the cloud with confidence 

Wouldn’t it be great if you could see how a workload will perform in a new environment before migrating a database to the cloud? Then you could fix any queries that have compatibility errors or move forward with the migration with confidence. That type of crystal ball is essentially what Microsoft gives us in the...Read more

Use hyperscale for your most demanding cloud-born workloads 

Sometimes resource demands increase beyond your expectations. Azure SQL Database service continues to meet your needs regardless of your speed of growth. The hyperscale service tier for a single database enables you to scale to 100 TB with fast backup and restore capabilities. Learn about other options for running Microsoft SQL Server in Azure in...Read more

Azure SQL Database managed instance vs. SQL Server 

As organizations face increasing pressure to modernize their applications and infrastructure, the benefits of the cloud have become impossible to ignore. Fortunately, Azure SQL Database managed instance makes it easy to move your SQL Server workloads to the cloud. Nearly 100 percent compatible with the latest SQL Server on-premises database engine, this fully managed service...Read more

The March 2020 release of Azure Data Studio is now available 

The March release of Azure Data Studio is now available. Download Azure Data Studio and review the release notes to get started. Please note: After downloading Azure Data Studio, say Yes to enabling preview features so that you can use extensions. Azure Data Studio is a multi-database, cross-platform desktop environment for data professionals using the...Read more