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    August 2016

    Aug 4

    General availability: Azure Active Directory authentication for SQL Database and SQL Data Warehouse

    You can use Azure Active Directory authentication to centrally manage user and group identities to authenticate with SQL Database and SQL Data Warehouse.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Azure Active Directory B2C
    • SQL Data Warehouse

    July 2016

    Jul 7

    General availability: Always Encrypted for Azure SQL Database

    You can use Always Encrypted to help ensure that your sensitive data remains private and confidential while it's stored and queried in Azure SQL Database.

    • Azure SQL Database

    May 2016

    May 12

    General availability: Azure SQL Database elastic pools

    Azure SQL Database elastic pools are ideally suited for SaaS and line-of-business applications that need the performance, availability, and security isolation benefits of provisioning one database for each tenant or application.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    • Regions & Datacenters
    • Services
    May 12

    General availability: SQL Database Advisor and Performance dashboard

    SQL Database Advisor and the Performance dashboard are now generally available in the Azure portal.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Services
    May 10

    Mid-June 2016 brings compatibility level 130 for new Azure SQL databases

    Starting in mid-June 2016, in Azure SQL Database, the default compatibility level will be 130 instead of 120 for newly created databases.

    • Azure SQL Database

    April 2016

    Apr 29

    Active geo-replication available on all Azure SQL Database service tiers

    We've expanded our geo-replication features by enabling Active geo-replication across Azure SQL Database Basic and Standard service tiers.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Services

    March 2016

    Mar 30

    Public preview: JSON in Azure SQL Database

    JSON functionalities are available in Azure SQL Database.

    • Azure SQL Database
    Mar 11

    Code-free copy wizard for Azure Data Factory

    Simplify how you create, deploy, and schedule your data movement pipelines by using the click-through copy wizard for Azure Data Factory.

    • Data Factory
    • Azure Data Lake Storage Gen1
    • SQL Data Warehouse
    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    • Services
    Mar 8

    Data Factory supports data movement in Australia regions

    Azure Data Factory supports Australia regions for data movement.

    • Data Factory
    • Azure Data Lake Storage Gen1
    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    • Regions & Datacenters
    Mar 8

    General availability: Azure SQL Database Query Store

    Azure SQL Database Query Store collects detailed historical information about all queries, significantly reducing the time to diagnose and resolve performance issues.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    Mar 8

    General availability: Azure SQL Database Index Advisor

    Azure SQL Database Index Advisor helps you improve the performance of your databases by providing index recommendations based on your historical database usage.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    Mar 8

    General availability: Azure SQL Database Query Performance

    Azure SQL Database Query Performance Insight helps you understand the impact of your query workload on database resource consumption.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features

    February 2016

    Feb 22

    Preview: Temporal tables in Azure SQL Database

    With temporal tables in Azure SQL Database, you can efficiently track and analyze data history without custom coding.

    • Azure SQL Database
    Feb 4

    General availability: Azure SQL Database Query Performance Insight

    Gain insights into the performance of your Azure SQL Database queries with Query Performance Insight.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features

    January 2016

    Jan 23

    New T-SQL programmability features in Azure SQL Database

    New programmability features that are implemented in SQL Server 2016 are also available in Azure SQL Database.

    • Azure SQL Database
    Jan 14

    General availability: SQL Database Index Advisor

    Improve the performance of your Azure SQL Databases by using index tuning recommendations provided by Index Advisor.

    • Microsoft Azure portal
    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features

    November 2015

    Nov 30

    General availability: SQL Database Row-Level Security block predicates

    The Row-Level Security feature in Azure SQL Database now supports block predicates, which prevent a user from inserting, updating, or deleting rows that violate access criteria.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    Nov 10

    General availability: Azure SQL Database geo-replication enhancements

    Azure SQL Database geo-replication includes a set of powerful new features.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Compliance
    • Features
    • Management
    • Regions & Datacenters
    • Services
    Nov 9

    Compatibility level 130 for Azure SQL Database V12

    On an Azure SQL Database V12 server, the maximum compatibility level for a database is 130. This same maximum applies on Microsoft SQL Server 2016 (currently at pre-release CTP3).

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    Nov 6

    General availability: Azure SQL Database Query Store

    With Azure SQL Database Query Store, comprehensive historical data about queries, execution plans, and performance is now at your fingertips.

    • Azure SQL Database

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