Microsoft SQL Server 2016 RC2 has been released

On the first of April the Release Candidate 2 was released of Microsofts database product SQL Server 2016. More information on the blog:

The Release Candidates are following up much faster which seems to me an indication that the RTM release won’t be far away (no guarantees of course).

Important improvements:

  • R Services setup – the setup process for R Services is much more integrated into SQL Server setup. There is no longer a need to manually download and install Microsoft R open and R Server if the SQL Server is connected to the Internet; it becomes part of the SQL Server install sequence.
  • SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) – This release of SSMS features an update to the Visual Studio 2015 shell bringing enhancements such as the quick launch toolbar and improved theming support.
  • Mobile reports – Brand Packages will now be downloaded to the mobile report publisher from a server running RC2 and available for use in report creation.  Basic mobile report content migration between servers is now supported.

For additional information about RC 2, see SQL Server 2016 Release Notes, What’s New for SQL Server R Services and the SSMS RC 2 blog post.

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