Microsoft’s flagship database, along with several other goodies of interest to developers, are officially available.
SQL Server 2014 and the SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure Tool both hit their “general availability” milestones on April 1.
Earlier this month, the SQL Server 2014 product was at the release-to-manufacturing stage. General availability, per Microsoft’s terminology, implies that that the product can be purchased and used in a commercial setting. However, a Microsoft SQL Server “Buy” page still just listed licensing details about the SQL Server 2012 product at press time. A Microsoft spokesperson explained that the product can be purchased and deployed.
“Though the header says, ‘SQL Server 2012 Editions,’ the list covers SQL Server 2014 editions,” the spokesperson stated, via e-mail.
Licensing details for SQL Server 2014 can be found in Microsoft’s “Licensing Datasheet” publication (PDF), but it’s an abbreviated description of the terms. Microsoft’s more detailed April “Product Use Rights” document for SQL Server 2014 can be found at this link.
SQL Server 2014 is available for download today as a 180-day free trial version through Microsoft’s TechNet Evaluation Center here. See more at visualstudiomagazine