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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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How to automate machine learning on SQL Server 2019 big data clusters 

In this post, we will explore how to use automated machine learning (AutoML) to create new machine learning models over your data in SQL Server 2019 big data clusters. SQL Server 2019 big data clusters make it possible to use the software of your choice to fit machine learning models on big data and use...

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Introducing UTF-8 support in SQL Server 2019 preview 

With the first public preview of SQL Server 2019, we announced support for the widely used UTF-8 character encoding as an import or export encoding, and as database-level or column-level collation for string data. This is an asset for companies extending their businesses to a global scale, where the requirement of providing global multilingual database applications...

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Confidential computing using Always Encrypted with secure enclaves in SQL Server 2019 preview 

SQL Server 2019 preview brings encryption technology to a broader set of scenarios by enabling rich confidential computing capabilities with the enhanced Always Encrypted feature, Always Encrypted with secure enclaves. Always Encrypted with secure enclaves allows rich computations on encrypted data, boosts performance when encrypting large columns of data or complex schemas, and enables customers...

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Announcing SQL Server 2019 community technology preview 2.2 

In September we announced SQL Server 2019 preview, the first release of SQL Server to create a unified data platform by packaging Apache SparkTM and Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) together with SQL Server as a single, integrated solution.  SQL Server 2019 promises to simplify big data analytics for SQL Server users, break down data...

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Availability Groups on Kubernetes in SQL Server 2019 preview 

Starting with SQL Server 2017, Microsoft embarked on a journey to support SQL Server deployments on Linux and containers, in order to provide a choice of deployment platform for our customers and partners. With the preview of SQL Server 2019, we announced new capabilities for deploying SQL Server with High Availability and Disaster Recovery on...

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Creating a data hub for your analytics with PolyBase 

Data is the new currency of the digital world, and Microsoft is uniquely positioned to help businesses and consumers get the most out of their data assets. With the leading database in the world, SQL Server, and the rapidly growing Azure cloud data platform, Microsoft is delivering a modern data platform. We are witnessing a...

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The November release of Azure Data Studio is now available 

We are excited to announce the November 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 to...

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Data and AI Services training roundup October 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 2019 SQL Server 2019 brings innovative security and compliance features, industry-leading performance, mission-critical availability, and advanced analytics to all your data workloads, now...

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An Engineer and a tiger walk into a Clinic at the PASS Summit 2018 

Sounds like there should be a punchline right? Well, there is. Microsoft will be in full force at PASS Summit 2018, and this is the third blog post in a series describing the involvement of the Microsoft SQL Server engineering team there. You can read more about our keynotes and our Modernizing pre-conference seminar from...

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