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SQL Server 2016 Release Candidate (RC) 1 is now available

SQL Server 2016 Release Candidate (RC) 1, is now available for download.

This is an important milestone in the release of SQL Server 2016, as the product is nearly feature complete, and means that a very rich set of capabilities is now available. These include real-time operational analytics, rich visualizations on mobile devices, built-in advanced analytics, new advanced security technologies and new hybrid scenarios that allow you to securely stretch data to the cloud.

As part of the new rapid release model, Microsoft will be publishing multiple release candidates on a more frequent cadence. SQL Server 2016 RC 1, which you can try in your development and test environments, is available for download today.

In SQL Server 2016 RC 1, Microsoft made enhancements to SQL Server Reporting Services, including:

  • Updated preview of the new web portal: The new web portal by default, and the classic Report Manager now removed.  Additionally, open the Mobile Report Publisher and Report Builder from the new web portal using any modern browser.
  • Custom branding: Customize the web portal with your organization’s logo and colors.
  • KPIs and mobile reports: Click a KPI and see a view with more details, and connect KPIs and mobile reports to parameterized datasets.
  • Modern paginated reports: Design beautifully modern paginated reports with new, modern styles for charts, gauges, maps and other data visualizations.

For additional detail, please read the detailed SSRS blog RC 1 post.

To learn more, visit the SQL Server 2016 preview page. To experience the new, exciting features in SQL Server 2016 and the new rapid release model, download the preview and start evaluating the impact these new innovations can have for your business.

Source: Microsoft News Center


Frederik De Breuck is better known as Stonyarc (GamerTag). Next to writing and maintaining his personal blog he is the owner of and . He's also Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) since 2010 and works as Presales Director for Fujitsu Belgium.

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