Microsoft SQL Server 2016 will be generally available June 1

Microsoft plans to make all four editions of SQL Server 2016 generally available to all customers on June 1, 2016.
Written by Mary Jo Foley, Senior Contributing Editor

Microsoft will make SQL Server 2016 generally available on June 1, 2016, company officials announced today.

That June 1 date is when the product will be available to all users, including brand new ones, MSDN subscribers, and existing customers, officials said. All four versions of SQL Server 2016 will be available on that date.

Microsoft recently released what execs said was the fourth and final release candidate of SQL Server 2016. When I asked when SQL Server 2016 had or would be released to manufacturing, a spokesperson said the company wouldn't comment.

SQL Server 2016 will be licensed per core, rather than per processor. Microsoft is fielding four versions of SQL Server 2016: Enterprise, Standard, Express and Developer. Earlier this year, officials said the Developer Edition -- which includes the full feature set of the Enterprise Edition -- would be freely available for development and test use only, not in production settings.

Here's Microsoft's chart indicating which features will be part of which editions:

Credit: Microsoft

Microsoft is pitching SQL Server 2016 as the version of its database that has "everything built in."

Microsoft released the first public preview of SQL Server 2016 in May 2015. At that time, Microsoft officials said to expect the following components to be part of SQL Server 2016:

Microsoft also is testing a version of SQL Server for Linux. That product is due for release in mid-2017.

Update: Some have noticed that Microsoft doesn't have BI editions of SQL Server 2016, even though those editions were part of the SQL Server 2012 and 2014 line-ups. I asked Microsoft why. "There are transition plans in place for customers to ensure they can continue to get the same BI capabilities at a similar cost," a spokesperson said. So far, no word on when we'll hear about these transition plans.

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