Some time back, Microsoft made announcement regarding SQL integration with Linux platform. It was a huge announcement, and definitely a plus one for the developer community out there. Soon enough, Microsoft extended access to select number of developers from different platforms via an invite only program.

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Things, however, changed within the last few days though. Right now, as I am writing this article, news of Microsoft SQL Server database has made headlines all over the internet. The company has offered free for all download/ access to all interested users and parties. If you are up for it, you can definitely give it a try and even leave some kind of constructive criticism as well. This way, on final release version of the SQL, Microsoft will have something better to offer to clients out there.

As an added benefit, Microsoft threw in support for Docker containers as well, which means that developers at MacOS can also run the new SQL libraries. Speaking of Docker containers, it also reminds me of the Azure platform. If you are new to Azure, Microsoft has launched a series of webinars aimed at helping new users get familiar with Azure.

The Linux version of latest Microsoft SQL Server is currently being treated as a platform of choice. Microsoft also mentioned that the new version of SQL at Linux platform will consist of those standard features that have been a part of Windows SQL edition till now. For users who prefer ACID compliance, Microsoft Linux SQL is an added benefit.

With this recent development in process, Microsoft also made announcement concerning its participation in the Linux Foundation as an active member. According to the company’s CEO: Satya Nadella, it is only a matter of time before the IoT truly takes over the entire world technology. There will be a software and an app for almost everything.

For revised pricing list and detailed analysis of new features for R series and Microsoft SQL Linux, you can head over to the company’s official webpage.