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SQL Server Data Portability

The Microsoft SQL Server Data Portability documents explain various mechanisms by which user-created data in SQL Server can be extracted for use in other software products. These mechanisms include import/export functionality, documented APIs, industry-standard formats, and documented data structures and file formats.

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SQL Server Data Portability Technical Documents

Provides detailed technical documents about the import/export functionality by which user-created data in SQL Server can be extracted for use in other software products.

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SQL Server File Formats Technical Documents

Provides detailed technical specifications for SQL Server file formats that are used to create documents.

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Open Specifications Forums

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Open Specifications Blogs

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