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The July 2014 update includes many bug fixes along with the following enhancements:

  • Schema Compare update
    • Added MSBuild support for Schema Compare with text and XML output
  • Improved Windows Azure SQL Database node in the Server Explorer
    • Added Token-based authentication using a Microsoft account (MSA) or organizational account (OrgId)
    • Added supported for VS2012
  • Improved PDW support
    • PDW tooling is now part of the Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows Desktop SKU
    • Support for PDW appliance updates in both VS2012 and VS2013

For more information on what's new, visit our team blog.

SQL Server tooling in Visual Studio 2013 - all the great database tools, now acquisition and updates are fully integrated in Express for Web, Express for Windows Desktop, Professional, Premium, and Ultimate. Since SQL Server tooling is included in VS, the updates will be pushed through VS Update and users will be prompted when VS is open. If you'd like to check for updates manually, open Visual Studio 2013 and choose the Tools > Extensions and Updates menu. SQL Server tooling updates will appear in the Updates list.

We will be propagating through the VS Update channel shortly, so the update may not show in your updates until mid-July.

Download Visual Studio 2013 with SQL Server Tooling


SSDT Visual Studio 2012 - provides a stand alone install experience as well as full integration into the Visual Studio Professional, Premium, and Ultimate SKUs. We are publishing the release through this page and the update feed.

Download SSDT for Visual Studio 2012


SSDT Visual Studio 2010 - We are no longer updating SSDT for Visual Studio 2010. Projects and DACPACs are fully compatible across shells. Please download the toolset for VS2012 or VS2013 using the links above for continued updates.


SSDT-BI, SQL Server Business Intelligence is a distinct toolset from SSDT or the SQL Server database tooling in Visual Studio 2013. As part of the SQL Server 2014 release, SSDT-BI has released a version for Visual Studio 2013. For details, visit the AS team blog. For support of SSDT-BI, please post to their blog or AS forums.

Download SSDT-BI for Visual Studio 2012

Download SSDT-BI for Visual Studio 2013

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