Category Archives: SQL Server

SQL Server 2022 is now available

Microsoft has released  SQL Server 2022 in November 2022.    New features include Ledger, which preserves historical data and provides tamper evidence.

SQL Server 2019 generally available on November 4th 2019

Microsoft announced the general availability of SQL Server 2019 on November 4th 2019 at its Ignite conference.  There are four editions:  Enterprise, Standard, Express, and Developer.  Express and Developer editions are free and can be downloaded from

A list of new features for SQL Server 2019 is also available.

More information is available at and the Tech Community site.

SQL Server 2019 Community Technology Preview 2.0 released

Microsoft announced the release of SQL Server 2019 Community Technology Preview (CTP) 2.0 on September 24th 2018 at its Ignite event.   SQL Server 2019 runs on Windows, Linux, and containers and has Apache Spark and Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) to help create big data analytics.

Azure Data Studio is the new name for SQL Operations Studio

Microsoft announced the September 2018 release of Azure Data Studio, formerly known as SQL Operations Studio (preview version).  Azure Data Studio is a new open source desktop environment for SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, and Azure SQL Data Warehouse data that runs on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

SQL Server 2008 in list of products no longer supported by Microsoft in 2019

SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will no longer be supported by Microsoft as of July 9, 2019.  Support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end on January 14, 2020.  Later support dates are available for customers under the Extended Security Update (ESU) program.   One way to do this is to upgrade to Azure.

Microsoft released a full list of products that will no longer be supported in 2019 at

SQL Server and Azure SQL Database Tools and Utilities

Microsoft has made available many free downloadable apps for SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, and/or Azure Synapse Analytics (formerly Azure SQL Data Warehouse), including:

A list of most of these SQL tools and utilities can be found at the SQL tools overview and command prompt utilities pages.