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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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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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Four ways to take your apps further with cloud, data, and AI solutions from Microsoft 

Companies today demand the latest innovations for every solution they deliver. How can you make sure your infrastructure and data estate keep up with the demands of your business? Read the tips below, and join our upcoming webinar on transforming your business with a modern data estate. 1. Prioritize data Data is at the core...

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SSMS 18.0 Public Preview 6 released 

We are very excited to announce the Public Preview 6 of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 18.0. In the spirit of more frequent releases, Preview 6 brings another incremental update to SSMS 18.0. This release has new features and capabilities, several bug fixes across SQL Server Management Objects (SMO), intelliSense improvements in UI, etc. You...

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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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