Today Microsoft announced the CTP of the next version of SQL Server, you can download it here https://www.microsoft.com/evalcenter/evaluate-sql-server-vnext-ctp
As you can see I am already downloading this version
What's New in SQL Server vNext https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/library/mt788653(SQL.130).aspx
Install SQL Server on Linux https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/linux/sql-server-linux-setup
SQL Server on Linux Documentation https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/linux/
SQL Server Service Pack 1
Also announced was Service Pack 1 of SQL Server 2016, you can download that here https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=835368
There are so many cool things in this service pack. For one, all the editions now support all the programmability features like indexed views, columnstore indexes, partitioning etc etc, see image below
You are still bound by the memory and CPU limits but at least your code doesn't have to change, this is good news for ISVs.
A couple of more tidbits....
- CREATE OR ALTER (Yes, we heard you !!!) – New CREATE OR ALTER support makes it easier to modify and deploy objects like Stored Procedures, Triggers, User–Defined Functions, and Views. This was one of the highly requested features by developers and SQL Community.
There is much more, see all the news here: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sqlreleaseservices/sql-server-2016-service-pack-1-sp1-released/
I also played around with some of the new stuff after installing vNext, see here:
Playing around with the new stuff in SQL Server vNext and SQL Server 2016 SP1