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ODBC Driver 13.1 for SQL Server released 

We are pleased to announce the full release of the Microsoft ODBC Driver 13.1 for SQL Server. The updated driver provides robust data access to Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Azure SQL Database for C/C++ based applications. What’s new Always Encrypted You can now use Always Encrypted with the Microsoft ODBC Driver 13.1 for SQL...

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Don’t miss SQL Server Geeks Annual Summit 2016! 

This post was authored by Rimma Nehme, Technical Assistant, Data Group. I am really excited to both attend and speak at the SQL Server Geeks Annual Summit (#SSGAS2016), Asia’s Premier Data & Analytics Conference taking place on 11-13 August in Bangalore, India. SQLServerGeeks Annual Summit 2016 is a full 3-day conference with more than 100...

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Microsoft JDBC Driver 6.0 for SQL Server is now released! 

This post was authored by Andrea Lam, Program Manager, SQL Server. We are pleased to announce the full release of the Microsoft JDBC Driver 6.0 for SQL Server! The updated driver provides robust data access to Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Azure SQL Database for Java-based applications. What’s new Always Encrypted You can now use...

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Mapping the Universe with SQL Server 

This blog post was co-authored by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President, and Rimma V. Nehme, Principal Software Engineer, at the Data Group at Microsoft.   Figure 1: Visible objects of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) DR7 dataset. Over the last 15 years a database helped revolutionize an entire field of science. Astronomical discovery and...

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Announcing SQL Server on Linux 

Today, we announced our plans to bring SQL Server to Linux. This will enable SQL Server to deliver a consistent data platform across Windows Server and Linux, as well as on-premises and cloud. We are bringing the core relational database capabilities to preview today, and are targeting availability in mid-2017.  Read Scott Guthrie’s blog post...

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TLS 1.2 support availability for SQL Server 

Microsoft is ensuring that customers can remain compliant with the current changes in guidance for using strong cryptography for implementing security control. A number of known vulnerabilities has been reported against SSL and earlier versions of TLS which has changed the security guidance to move to TLS 1.2 for support secure communication. There has been...

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Video: To the future of analytics with SQL Server, BI and Cortana Analytics Suite 

How cool is data analytics? Super cool! If you think that description sounds like hype, you should watch the video of Jason Wilcox’s Foundational session at PASS as he presents fascinating examples that demonstrate how Microsoft’s data platform and Azure Machine Learning is making “The Future of Analytics” real today. Wilcox discusses how advanced analytics...

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Microsoft Business Intelligence PASS keynote: Five minutes to sign up; five minutes to WOW! 

See how you can get real-time interactive visualizations of customer data, as Microsoft Corporate Vice President James Phillips demonstrates exciting new capabilities available with Power BI and Microsoft’s powerful data platform, including SQL Server, SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS), SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), Datazen, and Azure SQL Database. In this video of Phillips’ PASS...

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Speeding up Transactions with In-Memory OLTP in SQL Server 2016 and Azure SQL Database 

In-Memory OLTP, a performance feature in SQL Server since 2014, allows you to speed up transactional workloads up to 30X. SQL Server 2016 and Azure SQL DB have In-Memory OLTP in public preview, and contain many improvements to In-Memory OLTP, making it drastically easier to adopt in an existing application, and allowing many other applications...

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