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The March release of Azure Data Studio is now available

We’re excited to announce the March 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: If you’re currently using the preview version of SQL Operations Studio, and would like to retain your settings when upgrading to the...

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Enterprise-scale Backup for SQL Server Databases

Enterprise-scale Backup for SQL Server Databases

More and more organizations are moving to the cloud to leverage the key benefits of agility and reduce overall cost. It’s likely that at some point in time, your SQL Server will manifest as either of the three implementations in Azure: SQL Azure Database, SQL Managed Instance or SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machine (VM)....

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Free cloud data services training roundup

 To help you stay up to date on online training opportunities, we’re releasing a monthly list of the latest free data and artificial intelligence (AI) trainings in one convenient post. SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 end of support End of support is coming for two commonly deployed server products, Windows Server 2008 and SQL...

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Three reasons to choose Microsoft for your hybrid data platform

Companies today are faced with the trade-off of the security of having an on-premises solution and the convenience of moving their data to the cloud. With Microsoft, companies no longer have to make the choice. SQL Server and Azure SQL Database provide the most consistent hybrid data platform with frictionless migration across on-premises, cloud, and...

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SQL Server Management Studio 18.0 Public Preview 7 Released

After a brief gap since releasing SQL Server Public Preview 6, and having survived through the February 2019 Snowcalypse in Seattle, I’m happy to share that everyone in the SQL Tools team has made it out alive. I am also very excited to announce the Public Preview 7 of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 18.0...

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SQL Server 2019 community technology preview 2.3 is now available

At the SQL bits keynote today, we announced the release of SQL Server 2019 community technology preview 2.3, the fourth in a monthly cadency of preview releases. Previewed in September 2018, SQL Server 2019 is the first release of SQL Server to closely integrate Apache Spark™ and HDFS with SQL Server in a unified data...

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Azure Data Studio

The February release of Azure Data Studio is now available

We’re excited to announce the February 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. Note: If you’re currently using the preview version, SQL Operations Studio, and would like to retain your settings when upgrading to the latest version,...

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Azure Data Studio

Azure Data Studio – Setting up your environment

This blog entry comes from Buck Woody, who recently rejoined the SQL Server team from the Machine Learning and AI team. For those of you who haven’t met me or read any of my books or blog entries, it’s great to meet you! I’ve been a data professional for over 35 years, worked at a...

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Test the latest features with SQL Server 2017 Developer Edition

Are you curious how new capabilities in SQL Server will impact your applications? Download and test SQL Server 2017 Developer Edition, a full-featured free edition, licensed for use as a development and test database in a non-production environment. You can browse and access SQL Server code samples at GitHub, and when you’re ready, check out...

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Webinar: Introduction to SQL Server 2019

Modern enterprises are struggling to gain insights from an exploding number of database management systems and ever-growing data volumes. SQL Server 2019 can help you overcome the challenges of integrating data and bring AI and machine learning to all of your data, structured and unstructured. It can also help you better manage your relational data...

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