Crossplatform Tools for SQL Server opened for community localization

This post was authored by Mona Nasr and Andy Gonzalez, Program Manager in C+E APEX Global Services In February 2017, we announced that the localization of Crossplatform Tools for SQL Server (mssql for Visual Studio Code and SQL Tools Service) is open for community contributions on GitHub. We got great response from our community and would… Read more

Five reasons to run SQL Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016 – No. 4: Reach insights faster by running analytics at the point of creation

This is the fourth post in a five-part blog series. Keep an eye out for upcoming posts and catch up on the first, second, and third in the series. In addition, join us for Microsoft Data Amp on April 19 at 8 AM PT. The online event will showcase how data is the nexus between… Read more

Five reasons to run SQL Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016 – No. 3: database uptime and reliability

This is the third post in a five-part blog series. Keep an eye out for upcoming posts and catch up on the first and second in the series. In addition, join us for Microsoft Data Amp on April 19 at 8 a.m. PT. The online event will showcase how data is the nexus between application… Read more

The top 5 reasons to upgrade to SQL Server 2016

Upgrading your software can be daunting, we know. The fast pace of business makes it easy to tell yourself, “I’ll do it later when I have time.” We get it! But here are five key reasons to make time to upgrade to SQL Server 2016, which was named DBMS of the Year in 2016 by… Read more

Meet SQL Server’s biggest fan, KillaDBA

This post was authored by Jennifer Moser, Data Platform Community Lead, Microsoft Atlanta-based Homer McEwen has been a database administrator for more than 20 years. But it’s what he does in his spare time that makes McEwen, aka KillaDBA, a little different. The husband and father of three writes and records songs about SQL Server,… Read more

Learn how to build the next generation of intelligent apps at this free Microsoft AI Workshop

The Microsoft AI Immersion Workshop is being held on Tuesday, May 9th, at the W Hotel in Seattle. If you are a developer interested in creating the next generation of intelligent apps and enterprise-grade solutions using the latest AI and machine learning techniques, this free workshop is for you. This is an in-person event, and… Read more

SQL Server Command Line Tools for Mac: Preview now available

This post was authored by Meet Bhagdev, Program Manager, Microsoft We are excited to announce the availability of the preview for SQL Server Command Line Tools (sqlcmd and bcp) on Mac OS. The sqlcmd utility is a command-line tool that lets you submit T-SQL statements or batches to local and remote instances of SQL Server…. Read more

Technical Preview: Database Experimentation Assistant

This post was authored by Christina Lee, Program Manager – SEALS Team Overview Database Experimentation Assistant (DEA) is a new A/B testing solution for SQL Server upgrades. It will assist in evaluating a targeted version of SQL for a given workload. Customers who are upgrading from previous SQL Server versions (SQL Server 2005 and above)… Read more

Five reasons to run SQL Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016 – No. 2: Performance and cost

This is the second blog in a five-part series. Keep an eye out for upcoming posts and read the first post in the series, Five reasons to run SQL Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016, part 1. Imagine you’ve just bought a super powerful car with built-in advanced technology to make it perform at its highest…. Read more