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A screenshot of the Backup via URL GUI on Azure Data Studio.

What’s new with SQL Tools

Hello community, the June release of Azure Data Studio 1.37 is here! We are also excited to announce the release of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 18.12. In this Azure Data Studio release, backup and restore to URL was introduced ... continue reading
Image of object explorer for SQL Server Management Studio 19 connected to SQL Server 2022.

Recapping recent updates to client tools in SQL Server

Hello from the SQL Experiences team! As a follow-up to Microsoft Build at the end of May, we thought it was a good time to highlight recent updates for client tools, as we've had quite a few.SQL Server Management StudioFirst, ... continue reading
Azure SQL Migration UI Snapshot

Amplify your database development experience with Azure Data Studio

It is that time again! We are excited to bring new and exciting updates to Azure Data Studio. These updates include the general availability of the Azure SQL Migration Extension, the introduction of advanced features to the Table Designer feature ... continue reading
A preview of table designer and its accompanying features

Introducing new and improved updates to SQL tools on Azure

In this post, we'll recap the updates to SQL tools over the past few months, including the recent releases of Azure Data Studio and SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). Additionally, we'll highlight the Data-Tier Application Framework (DacFx) 160 general availability ... continue reading

The path forward for SQL Server analytics

Today, we are announcing changes to SQL Server analytics which includes:Customer feedbackRetirement of SQL Server 2019 Big Data ClustersRetirement of PolyBase scale-out groupsPath forwardCustomer feedbackWe continue to see increased migration to the cloud, with analytical workloads leading that charge.Customers have ... continue reading

PASS Data Community Summit keynote: a bridge to a new universe

It is almost time for PASS Data Community Summit 2021, a free online conference for the Microsoft data platform professional. The conference, hosted by Redgate, will include the latest SQL Server and Azure data innovations, practical training, and networking to ... continue reading
Individual TCP-DS 10TB query runtimes between Spark 2.4 and Spark 3.1. Chart shows that average runtimes across all queries are 30 lower, highlighting the benefits of using Spark 3.1 with CU13.

What’s new with SQL Server Big Data Clusters—CU13 Release

SQL Server Big Data Clusters (BDC) is a capability brought to market as part of the SQL Server 2019 release. Big Data Clusters extends SQL Server's analytical capabilities beyond in-database processing of transactional and analytical workloads by uniting the SQL ... continue reading
Enhance your Log Analytics data exploration in Azure Data Studio

Enhance your Log Analytics data exploration in Azure Data Studio

The Azure Monitor Logs extension in Azure Data Studio is now available in preview. The extension is supported in Azure Data Studio August 2021 release, v1.32.0.Administrators can enable platform logging and metrics to one of their Azure services such as ... continue reading

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 ... continue reading

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 ... continue reading