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SQL Server 2012 reaches end of support and Microsoft is here to help 

Today, July 12, 2022, marks the end of support for SQL Server 2012. This version has had an amazing 10-year run and we want to thank our customers for your investment in learning and using Microsoft SQL Server. Looking forward, there are four great options for data estate migration and modernization that will continue to provide security and product support for SQL Server 2012 instances.
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The path forward for SQL Server analytics 

Today, we are announcing changes to SQL Server analytics which includes: Customer feedback Retirement of SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters Retirement of PolyBase scale-out groups Path forward Customer feedback We continue to see increased migration to the cloud, with analytical workloads leading that charge.
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Microsoft at Data Platform Virtual Summit 2021 

Data Platform Virtual Summit 2021 (DPS 2021) is just a few days away. A free, global learning event for the data professionals, DPS 2021 will feature over 150 breakout sessions and 15 training classes. This content will be delivered by Azure Data Engineering, partner organizations, community leaders, and Data Platform MVPs.
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The February 2021 release of Azure Data Studio is now available 

The February release of Azure Data Studio is now available. Download Azure Data Studio and review the release notes to get started. Azure Data Studio is a multi-database, cross-platform desktop environment for data professionals using the Microsoft family of on-premises and cloud data platforms on Windows, macOS, and Linux. To learn more, visit our GitHub.
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What’s new with SQL Server Big Data Clusters 

SQL Server Big Data Clusters (BDC) is a new capability brought to market as part of the SQL Server 2019 release. BDC extends SQL Server’s analytical capabilities beyond in-database processing of transactional and analytical workloads by uniting the SQL engine with Apache Spark and Apache Hadoop to create a single, secure, and unified data platform.
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Around the clock with Azure SQL and Azure Data Factory 

On February 3-4, the Azure SQL and Azure Data Factory teams are partnering on a learning event for the community to come together to learn about Azure SQL and Azure Data Factory, meet the engineering teams behind these services, and learn how you can get started with using Azure Data Factory and Azure SQL together.
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Resources for the SQL Server and Azure Data community 

Update: In January 2021, Microsoft publicly launched the new Azure Data Community webpage, began onboarding qualified user groups to the new Azure Data Meetup network, and began providing Microsoft Teams access to qualified user groups. The blog post below has been updated accordingly. If you are a leader who is interested in adding your existing user group to our network, sign up here.
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Microsoft Azure at Data Platform Virtual Summit 2020 

Data Platform Virtual Summit 2020 (DPS 2020) is just a couple of weeks away. A global learning event for data professionals, DPS 2020 features a keynote from Rohan Kumar, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Azure Data, as well as 200 breakout sessions and 30 training classes delivered by Azure Data engineering, partner organizations, and community leaders.
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The November 2020 release of Azure Data Studio is now available 

The November release of Azure Data Studio is now available. Download Azure Data Studio and review the release notes to get started. Azure Data Studio is a multi-database, cross-platform desktop environment for data professionals using the Microsoft family of on-premises and cloud data platforms on Windows, MacOS, and Linux. To learn more, visit our GitHub.
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Microsoft Azure at PASS Virtual Summit 2020 

It is almost time for PASS Virtual Summit 2020, the premier learning event for the data professional. Similar to the in-person event, this virtual conference will include the latest SQL Server and Azure Data innovations, practical training, and networking—to empower you to transform your career and your company.