What's New in SQL Server Data Tools
This topic lists the new features in each SQL Server Data Tools update.
New in June 2013 release of SQL Server Data Tools is the Data Compare feature. Data Compare lets you compare and synchronize data between two database instances. For more information, see Compare and Synchronize Data in One or More Tables with Data in a Reference Database.
The December 2012 release of SQL Server Data Tools includes SQL Server unit testing. For more information, see Verifying Database Code by Using SQL Server Unit Tests.
The December 2012 release also includes SQL Server Object Explorer improvements previously available in the SQL Server Data Tools Power Tools:
Browse objects in database projects. Generate SQL Server unit test stubs for stored procedures, functions, and triggers. For more information, see How to: Browse Objects in a SQL Server Database Project.
Data-tier component (DAC) commands on connected databases, including publish, extract, and register. For more information, see Extract, Publish, and Register .dacpac Files.
Script As support (via right click) on objects in a connected database.
The November 2012 release of SQL Server Data Tools makes it easier for you to make sure that the most recent version of SQL Server Data Tools is installed on your computer. For more information, see Check for Updates Dialog Box.
ConceptsSQL Server Data Tools (SSDT)