Microsoft SQL Server
Updated: October 24, 2016
SQL Server is the foundation of Microsoft's data platform, delivering mission-critical performance with in-memory technologies and faster insights on any data, whether on-premises or in the cloud.
This page is the landing page for the SQL Server technical documentation library. Under this page is the technical documention for all supported versions of SQL Server.
Technical documentation includes:
- SQL Shared Language Reference which covers T-SQL reference documentation for all of our SQL offerings
- SQL Server Drivers
- SQL Server Tools, including SSMS
Visit the SQL Server marketing page for descriptions of new features, comparison of editions, links to case studies, resources for planning, data sheets, virtual labs, and more.
Visit the SQL Server Update Center for links and information for all supported versions of SQL Server.
SQL Server 2016 delivers breakthrough mission critical performance, deeper insights across any data on many devices, and enables the power of hyperscale cloud to unlock new hybrid scenarios.
Download SQL Server 2016 from the Evaluation Center.
Download the latest version of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS).
SQL Server courses on Virtual Academy
Watch some videos
SQL Server 2016 overview on Channel 9 (6/21/2016)
BI enhancements in SQL Server 2016 on Channel 9 (6/21/2016)
SQL Database Technologies for Developers (3/26/2016)
SQL Server 2016 Always On (8/30/2015)
Mission critical features in SQL Server 2016 (9/12/2015)
Install SQL Server 2014 Express and other older SQL Server versions. (Thank you to Scott Hanselman for collecting all of the installer package links in one place!)