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The February 2021 release of Azure Data Studio is now available 

The February release of Azure Data Studio is now available. Download Azure Data Studio and review the release notes to get started. Azure Data Studio is a multi-database, cross-platform desktop environment for data professionals using the Microsoft family of on-premises and cloud data platforms on Windows, macOS, and Linux. To learn more, visit our GitHub....Read more

What’s new with SQL Server Big Data Clusters 

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

Resources for the SQL Server and Azure Data community 

Update: In January 2021, Microsoft publicly launched the new Azure Data Community webpage, began onboarding qualified user groups to the new Azure Data Meetup network, and began providing Microsoft Teams access to qualified user groups. The blog post below has been updated accordingly. This past year has been marked by a combination of challenges and...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

When to use SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines 

Rearchitecting applications to run in the cloud can be a significant undertaking requiring time, money, and the appropriate skills. If you want to move existing on-premises apps to the cloud, but don’t have the necessary resources to rearchitect your applications, consider SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines to get there quickly and easily. If you’re still...Read more

New in Azure Synapse Analytics: CICD for SQL Analytics using SQL Server Data Tools 

At Microsoft Ignite 2019, we announced Azure Synapse Analytics, a major evolution of Azure SQL Data Warehouse. The same industry leading data warehouse now provides a whole new level of performance, scale, and analytics capabilities. One of these capabilities is SQL Analytics, which provides a rich set of enterprise data warehousing features. Today we are announcing the general availability of the highest requested feature...Read more

State of the SQL Server tools 

This week we’re announcing the general availability of SQL Server 2019, a significant milestone for Azure Data and for SQL Server customers. This presents a good moment to give an update on the state of tooling for SQL Server. Since SQL Server 2016, the tools for SQL Server have been released independently “out of box”...Read more

Introducing the SQL Server 2019 video learning series 

SQL Server 2019 is the new data platform to solve the challenges of the modern data professional including capabilities and solutions such as: SQL Server Big Data Clusters combining the power of SQL Server, Hadoop, Apache Spark™, and Kubernetes to provide an end-to-end data and machine learning platform. Data virtualization through Polybase Intelligent query processing...Read more

Mssql extension for Visual Studio Code now has Object Explorer and IntelliCode 

Today we’re introducing a new release for the mssql extension for Visual Studio Code which is now available! The mssql extension for Visual Studio Code is the official SQL Server extension that supports connections to SQL Server and rich editing experience for T-SQL in your favorite developer tool, Visual Studio Code. You can download the...Read more

The October 2019 release of Azure Data Studio is now available 

Today we’re announcing the October release of Azure Data Studio (formerly known as SQL Operations 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 the extensions. Azure Data Studio is a...Read more

SQL Server Management Studio 18.3 is now generally available 

Today we’re announcing the release of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 18.3. For this update, while we added some features, our focus was primarily on fundamentals such as stability, reliability, and performance. You can download SQL Server Management Studio 18.3 today and review the SQL Server Management Studio release notes for details. Some of the...Read more