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SQL Server 2016 Release Candidate 2 now available 

We are excited to announce that our third SQL Server 2016 release candidate, SQL Server 2016 Release Candidate (RC) 2, is now available for download. Our SQL Server Release Candidates represent important milestones in the release of SQL Server 2016, as the product is now nearly feature complete, and means that a very rich set...

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In-database Advanced Analytics with R in SQL Server 2016 

This post was co-authored by Dotan Elharrar, Principal Program Manager, Machine Learning, and Umachandar Jayachandran Senior Program Manager, SQL Server. R has emerged as the most popular software for mining data, uncovering new insights and making predictions. It’s a perfect starting point because it is free and open-source and offers an ever-growing and vibrant community....

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SQL Client Tools update for SQL Server 2016 

In SQL Server 2016 there have been several significant changes to the SQL Client Tools. Central to these changes are two primary goals: The ability to ship tooling updates on a regular, monthly cadence A single version of tools that work with all supported SQL Server versions on-premises or in a Virtual Machine, Azure SQL...

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Expanding the data footprint of SQL Server 2016 with PolyBase 

This post was authored by Casey Karst, Program Manager, SQL Server. Changing data landscape A lot has changed in the world of data over the last 10 years. The rise of connected devices, unstructured event data and ever-decreasing hardware prices has caused a Big Data boom. Solutions built on commodity hardware, such as Hadoop and...

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Decisions @ the speed of thought with SQL Server 2016 

In his 1999 book, “Business @ the Speed of Thought,” Bill Gates predicted the future “will be about velocity. About how quickly business itself will be transacted. About how information access will alter the lifestyle of consumers and their expectations of business…. When the increase in velocity is great enough, the very nature of business...

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SQL Server 2016 Release Candidate 1 now available 

We are excited to announce that our second SQL Server 2016 release candidate, SQL Server 2016 Release Candidate (RC) 1, is now available for download. This is an important milestone in the release of SQL Server 2016, as the product is nearly feature complete, and means that a very rich set of capabilities is now...

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SQL Server 2016 documentation survey 

The SQL Server documentation team is working to improve the SQL Server documentation in an effort to enable you be more successful with and gain more value from SQL Server. Please let us know your thoughts on how we can improve the documentation by taking this brief survey by March 18. We appreciate and are listening...

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First release candidate of SQL Server 2016 now available 

We are excited to announce that our first SQL Server 2016 release candidate, SQL Server 2016 Release Candidate (RC) 0, is now available for download. This is an important milestone in the release of SQL Server 2016, as this marks feature completion for most dimensions of the product. It also means a very rich set...

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