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The November 2019 release of Azure Data Studio is now available 

Today we are announcing the November 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 the preview features so that you can use the extensions. Azure Data Studio is a multi-database, cross-platform desktop environment for data professionals...Read more

Gain intelligence over data with SQL Server 2019, now generally available 

Today we’re announcing that SQL Server 2019 is generally available. It’s been an amazing journey with a tremendous response from customers. Ever since we announced preview of SQL Server 2019 at Ignite 2018, it has seen 50 percent more adoption than SQL Server 2017, our highest performing SQL Server release to date. SQL Server 2019...Read more

SQL Server 2019 is now generally available 

As you saw from our launch announcement earlier today, over a year ago at Microsoft Ignite we announced our first preview of SQL Server 2019 and today our latest release is now generally available. You have told us that in today’s demanding world of massive data, wide variety of data sources, and expectations of near...Read more

Announcing native backup for SQL Server 2008 end of support in Azure 

Update: Azure Backup support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 end of support is now generally available. With SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 approaching end of support, many customers are moving to Azure. They see this milestone as an opportunity to reimagine and transform their infrastructure with the power of cloud computing. Azure’s...Read more

Announcing: Preview of Machine Learning Services with R support in Azure SQL Database 

We are excited to announce that Machine Learning Services with support for R is now available for public preview on Azure SQL Database. Machine Learning Services has transformed SQL Server into a versatile machine learning platform. We are now bringing the same in-database machine learning capabilities to the fully managed Azure SQL Database. We are...Read more

Azure Data Studio for SQL Server 

Azure Data Studio is a new cross-platform desktop environment for data professionals using the family of on-premises and cloud data platforms on Windows, MacOS, and Linux. Previously released under the preview name SQL Operations Studio, Azure Data Studio offers a modern editor experience with lightning fast IntelliSense, code snippets, source control integration, and an integrated...Read more

SQL Server 2019 preview combines SQL Server and Apache Spark to create a unified data platform 

Today at Ignite, Microsoft announced the preview of SQL Server 2019. For 25 years, SQL Server has helped enterprises manage all facets of their relational data. In recent releases, SQL Server has gone beyond querying relational data by unifying graph and relational data and bringing machine learning to where the data is with R and...Read more

Microsoft releases the latest update of Analytics Platform System 

Microsoft is pleased to announce that the Analytics Platform System (APS) appliance update 7 (AU7) is now generally available. APS is Microsoft’s scale-out Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) system based on SQL Server for data warehouse specific workloads on-premises. Customers will get significantly improved query performance and enhanced security features with this release. APS AU7 builds...Read more

What’s new in SSMS 17.5: Data Discovery and Classification 

We are excited to announce the release of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 17.5! Download SSMS 17.5 and review the Release Notes to get started. SSMS 17.5 provides support for almost all feature areas on SQL Server 2008 through the latest SQL Server 2017, which is now generally available. In addition to enhancements and bug...Read more

The December release of SQL Operations Studio is now available 

UPDATE: SQL Operations Studio is now GA and renamed to Azure Data Studio. For the most up to date information please visit our monthly Azure Data Studio blog post and download and install the latest release here. We are excited to announce the December release of SQL Operations Studio is now available. Download SQL Operations...Read more

Try mssql-cli, a new interactive command line tool for SQL Server 

We are excited to announce the Public Preview release of mssql-cli, a new and interactive command line query tool for SQL Server. This open source tool works cross-platform and is a proud member of the dbcli community. See the install guide to download mssql-cli and get started. Read on to learn more about mssql-cli features,...Read more