Microsoft has officially announced that SQL Server 2016 will be released on June 1, 2016, with all versions of the product available from day one.

SQL server has been in preview for some time now with the first release candidate released in March this year. the company plans to release all four versions of the database management program all at one.
According to Microsoft, SQL Server 2016 will be available in Enterprise, Standard, Express, and Developer editions and open to existing and new customers.

Microsoft has previously described SQL Server 2016 as “very rich” in terms of features and has touted the service as boasting enhanced security, improved visualizations, and real-time operational analytics. This will be a product that the company sells licensed by the core and not per processor, stating that the service is perfect for:

“Mission critical intelligent applications delivering real-time operational intelligence by combining built – in advanced analytics and in-memory technology without having to move the data or impact end user performance.
Enterprise scale data warehousing with enhanced in-memory columnstore that increases query performance by over 100x vs disk based solutions. With SQL Server 2016, you can also access optimized MPP scale out software that can be combined with scale out appliance architecture with our Analytics Platform System (APS).

Microsoft says in its official release that SQL Server 2016 holds two new TPC-E world record price/performance benchmarks, while the service is the best benchmarked amongst “key industry applications”.

Recently the company has stopped support for SQL Server 2005 and urged users to upgrade to newer versions, while Microsoft won plenty of praise for announcing SQL Server for the open source Linux platform.

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