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Open sourcing the .NET 5 C# Language Extension for SQL Server 

For over two decades, the C# programming language has allowed developers to build secure and robust applications within the .NET ecosystem. SQL Server 2019 supports the R, Python, and Java Language Extensions. These language extensions provide many benefits to developers. They provide data security, rapid speed for deployment, and ease of integration. Previously, we announced...Read more

Move SQL Server licenses without Software Assurance to Azure 

Migrating your on-premises infrastructure and architecture to the cloud may seem like a daunting task, especially if you don’t have Software Assurance for your on-premises licenses. While this may seem difficult and challenging, there is a pain-free way to bring your existing on-premises licenses to the cloud through Azure Dedicated Host. Not only does Azure...Read more

Recent updates for Data-Tier Application Framework and SqlPackage 

In this article, we will cover some recent changes to the Data-Tier Application Framework (DacFx) and SqlPackage. DacFx is a library that provides APIs for database deployment and development scenarios and SqlPackage is a command line interface to DacFx for common uses. Earlier this year SqlPackage released updates including additional support for Azure Synapse Analytics...Read more

Know your options for SQL Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 End of Support 

Customers trust Windows Server and SQL Server for their business-critical workloads. With SQL Server 2022, customers like Itaú Unibanco are taking advantage of the built-in intelligence, industry-leading performance, and security across both structured and unstructured data. Similarly, customers like CadDo are combining SQL Server 2022 with Windows Server 2019 to take advantage of advanced multi-layer security, hybrid capabilities, and enhancements to...Read more

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...Read more

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...Read more

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...Read more

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...Read more