Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Roadmap Clarification

The past few months have been an amazing time for the SQL Server team as we gear up for the start of the global launch wave on February 27. The response to SQL Server 2008 has been overwhelmingly positive  – in fact, we now have more 100,000 downloads of our CTPs. What is catching users’… Read more

Announcing SQL Operations Studio for preview

We are excited to announce that SQL Operations Studio is now available in preview. SQL Operations Studio is a free, light-weight tool for modern database development and operations for SQL Server on Windows, Linux and Docker, Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Data Warehouse on Windows, Mac or Linux machines. Download SQL Operations Studio to… Read more

Get ready, SQL Server 2016 coming on June 1st

This post was authored by Tiffany Wissner, Senior Director of Data Platform Marketing. SQL Server 2016 is the foundation of Microsoft’s data strategy, encompassing innovations that transform data into intelligent action. With this new release, Microsoft is delivering an end-to-end data management and business analytics solution with mission critical intelligence for your most demanding applications… Read more

SQL Server 2012 is Generally Available!

Microsoft is excited to announce the general availability (GA) of SQL Server 2012 for purchase and download. SQL Server 2012 has already been deployed for production use by hundreds of global, industry-leading customers, such as Volvo Car Corp., Revlon, the HSN, Klout and LG Chemical. SQL Server 2012 delivers a powerful new set of capabilities… Read more

Microsoft SQL Server Developer Edition is now free

This post was authored by Tiffany Wissner, Senior Director of Data Platform Marketing Exciting news! Starting today, SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition is now a free download for Visual Studio Dev Essentials members (you will be prompted to sign in to Visual Studio Dev Essentials before you can download SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition). We… Read more

SQL Server 2014 now Generally Available

Microsoft today released Microsoft SQL Server 2014, the foundation of our cloud-first data platform. SQL Server 2014 delivers breakthrough performance with new and enhanced in-memory technologies to help customers accelerate their business and enable new, transformational scenarios. In addition, SQL Server 2014 enables new hybrid cloud solutions to take advantage of the benefits of cloud computing… Read more

Another Chance! Round 2 of “Win a Ticket to PASS Summit 2012”

WINNER UPDATE: Thanks to all who participated in our photo caption contest – way to bow-WOW us with your snappy captions!  However, a special two paws up goes to @forhakim for the winning caption:  Step back from the database, or I will byte!" Congrats, Hakim!  We’ll see you in Seattle, November 6th – 9th! Last… Read more

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… Read more

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… Read more

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… Read more