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The August 2020 release of Azure Data Studio is now available 

The August 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

More ways to save when you migrate SQL Server data to Azure SQL 

A new normal is emerging globally as businesses restart or rebuild in the face of rapidly changing conditions. To keep up with the pace of change and address new opportunities that arise, businesses are looking to the cloud for ways to optimize their IT and other data-related costs—and redirect the savings to higher priorities.  The...Read more

SQL Server Management Studio 18.6 is now generally available  

The release of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 18.6 is now available for download. Today we’re sharing some of the updates from the release and the ongoing work in SQL Server Management Studio. Download SSMS 18.6 and read on for some highlights from the SSMS Release Notes.  The 18.6 release is the second major release of SSMS in 2020 and packs several high impact changes, including a fix for crashes in database diagrams. Key fixes...Read more

The July 2020 release of Azure Data Studio is now available 

The July 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

Unlock your free Azure replica for SQL Server with DH2i 

Are you aware that you may be entitled to a free SQL Server license in the cloud for disaster recovery? Recently-announced licensing benefits enable this scenario, and a third-party offering from DH2i can help you set up this configuration to ensure business continuity for your business. Availability benefits for SQL Server Software Assurance customers now...Read more

Expanding SQL Server Big Data Clusters capabilities, now on Red Hat OpenShift 

SQL Server Big Data Clusters (BDC) is a new capability brought to market as part of the SQL Server 2019 release. BDC extends SQL Server’s analytical capabilities beyond in-database processing of transactional and analytical workloads by uniting the SQL engine with Apache Spark and Apache Hadoop to create a single, secure and unified data platform....Read more

Apache Spark Connector for SQL Server and Azure SQL is now open source 

Accelerating big data analytics with the Spark connector for SQL Server  We’re happy to announce that we have open–sourced the Apache Spark Connector for SQL Server and Azure SQL on GitHub. Born out of Microsoft’s SQL Server Big Data Clusters investments, the Apache Spark Connector for SQL Server and Azure SQL is a high-performance connector that enables you to use transactional data in big data analytics and persists results for ad-hoc queries or reporting....Read more

The June 2020 release of Azure Data Studio is now available 

The June 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

Join Microsoft at PASS Virtual Summit 2020 

This year’s PASS Summit conference, the largest gathering of data professionals focused on the Microsoft platform, will be a virtual-only event for the first time. This will make PASS Virtual Summit 2020 more accessible than ever, giving attendees from around the world the opportunity to network, speak, and learn from the comfort of their own...Read more

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