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Blog post series to highlight new features and enhancements available with SQL Server 2016.

Data, and the ability to extract actionable intelligence from it, is driving transformation in how we do business today. With SQL Server 2016, it’s never been easier to capture, transform, mash-up, analyze and visualize any data, of any size, at any scale in its native format. Plus, you can do all of this while using familiar tools, languages and frameworks in a trusted environment, both on-premises and in the cloud — with what Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Data Group Joseph Sirosh calls “the best SQL Server release in history.” SQL Server comes packed with powerful built-in features.

In our upcoming SQL Server 2016 post series, kicking off December 3, 2015, you can learn about our new technologies, discover best practices, and gain product insights from the engineers who built it. Our engineers are lined up to share specifics from their area of expertise.

The series will cover:

  • App and data performance features: Discover enhancements of In Memory OLTP and real-time Operational Analytics.
  • Data security features: Learn about Always Encrypted technology, an industry-first that helps protect data at rest and in motion, on-premises and in the cloud.
  • Business intelligence: Gain insights into rich visualizations as we cover SQL Server 2016’s BI capabilities and additions, including the upcoming release of Mobile BI resulting from our Datazen acquisition.
  • Big Data and analytics: Uncover ways to use Advanced Analytics, including a walk-through of how to use R, the popular Big Data scientist language which is now a part of SQL Server. We’ll also provide details on PolyBase, which allows you to extract value from unstructured and structured data using your existing T-SQL skills.
  • Hybrid and cloud: Learn about SQL Database, backup improvements and Stretch Database, which enables stretching a single database between on-premises and Azure.

Read the current posts from this blog series:

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Have questions? Join the discussion of the new SQL Server 2016 capabilities at MSDN and StackOverflow. If you run into an issue or would like to make a suggestion, you can let us know using Microsoft’s Connect tool. We look forward to hearing from you.