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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

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

SQL Server 2019 release candidate refresh with Big Data Clusters 

In continuation with our announcement of SQL Server 2019 release candidate last week, we’re announcing that the release candidate refresh for SQL Server 2019 is now available to download. The release candidate now includes bits for Big Data Clusters in SQL Server 2019 in this refresh. Back in July, we announced the preview of Big...Read more

SQL Server 2019 release candidate is now available 

Today we’re announcing the availability of the first public release candidate for SQL Server 2019, which is now available for download. SQL Server 2019 brings the industry-leading performance and security of SQL Server to Windows, Linux, and containers and can tackle any data workload from business intelligence to data warehousing to analytics and AI over...Read more

Free supported Java in SQL Server 2019 is now available 

Java is one of the most important open source projects in the world today. Born nearly 25 years ago around the same time as Microsoft SQL Server, it has since grown to a community of millions of developers around the world and by many reports is the most popular programming language in the world. SQL...Read more