SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server


Updated: December 11, 2015

SQL Server is the foundation of Microsoft's data platform, delivering mission-critical performance with in-memory technologies and faster insights on any data, whether on-premises or in the cloud.

This is the technical library for SQL Server, with information about the latest versions of SQL Server as well as earlier versions. For the latest versions of SQL Server, much of the information applies to SQL Database and SQL Data Warehouse services on Azure.

See the SQL Server product page for descriptions of new features and a comparison of editions, as well as links to case studies, resources for planning, data sheets, virtual labs, and more.

SQL Server 2016 delivers breakthrough mission critical performance, deeper insights across any data on many devices, and enables the power of hyperscale cloud to unlock new hybrid scenarios.

Try it out:

» To download SQL Server 2016, go to Evaluation Center.

» Have an Azure account? Then go Here to spin up a Virtual Machine with SQL Server 2016 already installed.

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