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You can use Azure Active Directory authentication to centrally manage user and group identities to authenticate with SQL Database and SQL Data Warehouse.
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 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.
SQL Database Advisor and the Performance dashboard are now generally available in the Azure portal.
Starting in mid-June 2016, in Azure SQL Database, the default compatibility level will be 130 instead of 120 for newly created databases.
We've expanded our geo-replication features by enabling Active geo-replication across Azure SQL Database Basic and Standard service tiers.
JSON functionalities are available in Azure SQL Database.
Simplify how you create, deploy, and schedule your data movement pipelines by using the click-through copy wizard for Azure Data Factory.
Azure Data Factory supports Australia regions for data movement.
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 Index Advisor helps you improve the performance of your databases by providing index recommendations based on your historical database usage.
Azure SQL Database Query Performance Insight helps you understand the impact of your query workload on database resource consumption.
With temporal tables in Azure SQL Database, you can efficiently track and analyze data history without custom coding.
Gain insights into the performance of your Azure SQL Database queries with Query Performance Insight.
New programmability features that are implemented in SQL Server 2016 are also available in Azure SQL Database.
Improve the performance of your Azure SQL Databases by using index tuning recommendations provided by Index Advisor.
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 geo-replication includes a set of powerful new features.
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).
With Azure SQL Database Query Store, comprehensive historical data about queries, execution plans, and performance is now at your fingertips.
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