SQL Server on Linux

SQL Server is available to run on Linux starting with version SQL Server 2017.   This makes SQL Server a viable database competitor to Oracle on Unix-based operating systems.   More information about SQL Server on Linux can be found at these links:

SQL Operations Studio – Preview edition

Microsoft has announced the Preview release of SQL Operations Studio, a free database development and operations tool for SQL Server and Azure SQL Data Warehouse.

This tool allows users to performing routine database tasks without using SQL Server Management Studio. Command-line tools such as Bash, PowerShell, sqlcmd, bcp, and ssh can be run in the Integrated Terminal window.  Customizable dashboards can be created for performance monitoring.

This preview version can be downloaded from https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/sql-operations-studio/download. Versions include Windows, macOS, and Linux.

A document of common questions and answers can be found at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/sql-operations-studio/faq.

New functionality can be added to SQL Operations Studio using extensions.

Additional information and downloads can be found at GitHub – SQL Operations Studio.

A list of Microsoft products no longer supported in 2018

Microsoft has released a list of products that will no longer be supported in 2018, including:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
  • Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5
  • Microsoft Dynamics C5 2014
  • Windows 10 Mobile – November 2015 release
  • Microsoft Office Communicator 2007
  • Windows Web Server 2008

A full list can be found at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4043450/products-reaching-end-of-support-for-2018.

Microsoft Outlook can integrate LinkedIn profile data for email contacts

After its purchase of LinkedIn, Microsoft has started to integrate the social network’s data into its products lines, specifically Outlook.  LinkedIn profile data for a given email contact can be viewed in Outlook.com and Office 365 after you link your Microsoft account and LinkedIn account.

This feature is planned to be included with Outlook for Windows and iOS in the following months, as well as Dynamics 365 and other products.