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Welcome to the 21st annual PASS Summit 

PASS Summit has become an annual pilgrimage for thousands of SQL Server professionals from around the world to join together. My very first demo at PASS Summit was in 2010, and today marks the third time I’ve had the honor of being invited to deliver the day one keynote. It has been incredible to reflect...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

Unify your data lakes with HDFS tiering in SQL Server Big Data Clusters 

As the volume and variety of data has risen, it has become more common to store the data in disparate and diverse data sources. A challenge many organizations face today is how to gain insights from all of their data across many different data sources. With SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters, through innovative enhancements,...Read more

New high availability and disaster recovery benefits for SQL Server 

Business continuity is a key requirement for planning, designing, and implementing any business-critical system. When you bring data into the mix, business continuity becomes mandatory. It’s an insurance policy that one hopes they never have to make a claim against in the foreseeable future. SQL Server brings intelligent performance, availability, and security to Windows, Linux,...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

Microsoft Azure Data loves PASS Summit 2019! 

This year’s event is gearing up to be a monumental occasion as we plan to make some exciting product announcements. Listen from some of our leading keynote speakers, including Azure Data CVP Rohan Kumar, as they share their knowledge on Microsoft’s data platform products and services, and how to stay on the edge of the...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

The September release of Azure Data Studio is now available 

Today we’re announcing the September 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, click Yes to enabling preview features so that you can use the extensions. Azure Data Studio is a...Read more

Visual Studio Code: Develop PySpark jobs for SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters 

Today we’re announcing the support in Visual Studio Code for SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters PySpark development and query submission. It provides complementary capabilities to Azure Data Studio for data engineers to author and productionize PySpark jobs after data scientist’s data explore and experimentation. The Visual Studio Code Apache Spark and Hive extension enables...Read more