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Introducing: SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 2.4 

The SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview (CTP) 2.4 is now available for download!  This release fully embraced the “Cloud First” tenet, as this release build was deployed to SQL Azure Database service first, running in production prior to the release build. In SQL Server 2016 CTP 2.4, part of our new rapid preview model,...

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Download the new JDBC 4.2 for SQL Server Driver 

We are pleased to announce availability of the Microsoft JDBC 4.2 Driver for SQL Server! The updated driver provides robust data access to Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Azure SQL Database for Java-based applications. The JDBC Driver for SQL Server is a Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) type 4 driver that implements full compliance with the...

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SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 2.3 is available 

The SQL Server engineering team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of SQL Server 2016 August monthly public preview release CTP 2.3. This release fully embraced the “Cloud First” tenet, as this release build was deployed to SQL Azure Database service first, running in production prior to the release build. To learn more about...

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Introducing: SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 2.3 

The SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview (CTP) 2.3 is now available for download! This release fully embraced the “Cloud First” tenet, as this release build was deployed to SQL Azure Database service first, running in production prior to the release build. In SQL Server 2016 CTP 2.3, part of our new rapid preview model, we...

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SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 2.2 is available 

The SQL Server engineering team is committed to SQL Server 2016 monthly public preview release rhythm. Following CTP 2.1 release last month, we are excited to announce the immediate availability of SQL Server 2016 CTP 2.2 release for download. This incremental release includes new capabilities for query store, stretch database, core engine, temporal, MDS, reporting...

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SQL Server 2016 launches new rapid preview model with CTP 2.1 

From Tiffany Wissner, Senior Director, Data Platform In the SQL Server CTP 2 blog, T.K. Ranga Rengarajan, CVP of SQL Server engineering, discussed bringing cloud first innovations to SQL Server 2016. This includes a rapid preview model that exists in Microsoft Azure today.  With the release of SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview (CTP) 2.1, for...

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SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 2.1 is available 

Following the release of SQL Server 2016 CTP 2.0 last month, the SQL Server engineering team is excited to announce the immediate availability of CTP 2.1 release for download. The release includes improvements for three new innovations releasing in SQL Server 2016 – Stretch Database, Query Store, Temporal – and Columnstore Index, introduced in SQL...

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SQL Server 2016 first public preview now available! 

Three weeks ago at Microsoft Ignite, we announced SQL Server 2016, the next major release of Microsoft’s flagship database and analytics platform, as well key innovations in the release.  Today we are pleased to announce the first public Community Technology Preview (CTP2) for SQL Server 2016.  This public preview gives an early look into many...

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SQL Server 2016 public preview coming this summer 

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, announced SQL Server 2016, an intelligent platform for a mobile first, cloud first world.  The next major release of Microsoft’s flagship database and analytics platform provides breakthrough performance for mission critical applications and deeper insights on your data across on-premises and cloud. Top capabilities for the release include: Always Encrypted...

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