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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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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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The January release of Azure Data Studio

We are excited to announce the January 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 are currently using the preview version, SQL Operations Studio, and would like to retain your settings when upgrading to the...

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The October release of Azure Data Studio is now available

We are excited to announce 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. Note: If you are currently using the preview version, SQL Operations Studio, and would like to retain your settings when you upgrade...

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DBA essentials—SQL Server 2017 security, performance tuning, and more—inside out

Whether you’re an experienced DBA with multiple certifications or just starting on your SQL Server DBA journey, you face challenges constantly for putting your organization’s data to work. To turn the next-to-impossible into the practical, you need a comprehensive resource at your fingertips: SQL Server 2017 Administration Inside Out, by William Assaf, Randolph West, Sven...

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Modernize your SQL Server at the PASS Summit 2018

Each year thousands of data professionals make the annual visit to Seattle, Washington for the Professional Association for SQL Server Summit. This is a community driven organization and event but Microsoft has been a major contributor, sponsor, and part of this summit since its inception. This is the second post in a series leading up to...

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Join us at PASS Summit 2018 – Nov 6-9, 2018!

Get inspired by our industry-leading keynote speakers on the Microsoft data platform at PASS Summit 2018! There has never been a more exciting time for data professionals and developers as more organizations turn to data-driven insights to stay ahead and prepare for the future. But staying up to speed in this rapidly changing data landscape...

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SSMS 17.9 is now available

We are excited to announce the release of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 17.9! Download SSMS 17.9 and review the Release Notes to get started. SSMS 17.9 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...

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The August 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 August release of SQL Operations Studio is now available. Download SQL Operations...

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Cloud data and AI services training roundup August 2018

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) sessions in one convenient post. SQL Server Build modern applications using the language of your choice, on-premises and in the cloud, now on Windows, Linux, and Docker containers. Prepare for...

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