SQL Server 2016 Release Date: 2016-06-01

Original news: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/dataplatforminsider/2016/05/02/get-ready-sql-server-2016-coming-on-june-1st/

  • Standard Edition now goes up to 24 cores, and still just 128GB max memory
  • Query Store will be available in all editions (including Express!)
  • Always Encrypted is Enterprise only, thereby killing its adoption rate among ISVs
  • In-memory analytics, R integration are Enterprise only
  • Business Intelligence Edition is gone with the wind
  • According to the newly released TPC-H benchmark Executive Summary, Enterprise Edition still costs around $7k USD per core

More detailed feature comparison by edition find here.

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