Microsoft SQL Server 2016 was released on the 1st of June 2016 for commercial use and came with a lot of exciting new features. Microsoft also made the decision to open the Developer Edition open to all developers for free, you can download your copy to play with here.
To name a few of the new features in Microsoft SQL Server 2016
- Dynamic Data Masking
- Temporal Tables
- Stretch Databases
- R Integration
- Native JSON Support
- Query Store
- Row Level Security
They also changed the installer to give you more flexibility when installing SQL Server. You now have the ability configure multiple TempDb files before hand which is very helpful.
In the spirit of the new, we are hosting a User Group Session in July 100% dedicated to SQL Server 2016, jampacked with lightning talks. Register for this exciting event today, and remember is does not cost you a cent.
Go and try some of the new features and let us know what you think.