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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, and Linux. To learn more, visit our GitHub.

The key highlights to cover this month include:

  • Notebook improvements.
    • Move cells.
    • Convert cells.
  • Jupyter Books picker.
  • Notebook search experience.
  • Bug fixes.

For a list of complete updates, refer to the Azure Data Studio release notes.

New Notebook improvements

The August release includes several highly requested notebook features.

Move cells

From the cell toolbar, users can quickly move text and code cells using up and down arrows. This will give users greater flexibility for customizing their notebook.

: Buttons to move cells

Convert cells

Also from the cell toolbar, users can easily switch the cell from a text cell to a code cell and back.

Change cells to code or text cells

Jupyter Books picker

As more customers try out Jupyter Books, we made it even easier for you to find a Jupyter Book on Github and easily load it in Azure Data Studio so that you can start interacting with it. These Jupyter Books on GitHub must be specifically listed as releases.

From the Notebooks viewlet, we have provided a new context menu that launches a dialog to select your remote Jupyter Book.

Launch of books picker

Simply follow the dialog, including an example for the SQL Server 2019 troubleshooting Jupyter Book.

Books picker dialog

Notebook search experience

The notebooks viewlet in Azure Data Studio now includes a dynamic search experience. When you are dealing with hundreds of notebooks, it can be tricky navigating and finding the notebook you need. With this experience, we make it faster to search through notebook content.

Ability to search across notebooks content

Once notebooks are listed in the Notebooks viewlet, users can easily search for content across all notebooks and see how many instances the search term appears in a certain notebook. You can then interact with the notebook.

Bug fixes

If you would like to help make Azure Data Studio a great product, share any feedback or report issues through our Issues page. Our engineering team is regularly going through the untriaged issues and assigning issues into different monthly milestones so that you know we are working on it. Your votes on issues help us prioritize.

full list of bug fixes for the August release can be found on our GitHub.

Contact us

If you have any feature requests or issues, please submit to our GitHub issues page. For any questions, feel free to comment below or tweet us at @AzureDataStudio.