SQL Server 2016 Editions

Just a quick update now that we know that SQL Server 2016 is being released on June 1.

Joey Dantoni has helpfully parsed many pages of Microsoft verbiage to let us know that all the features I was playing with in my blog posts last year are going to be Standard Edition features. Many of you have been asking me which Edition you would need for temporal and dynamic data masking and I cynically assumed they would be Enterprise features. Microsoft has decided to be awesome and prove me wrong.

You may have heard that SQL Server 2016 finally adds some much needed updates to Reporting Services, including HTML 5 rendering (that’s right, the reports will now work on pretty much any device). But I am willing to bet that Section 508 and other accessibility needs were not addressed. I will post more on that as I learn more about the product.