The Community Technology Preview (CTP) version 1 of SQL Server 2014 was realeased yesterday, by Microsoft. You can find and download an evaluation version at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/dn205290.aspx.
Although I must say that I am excited about a good part of the new features, I can’t help but feel, that the release is a bit thin. Almost no new stuff to play with in T-SQL and when will Data Mining be given the focus it deserves? As far as I can tell, there has been added no features or updates to Data Mining according to MSDN, or is it just me?
UPDATE: Denis Gobo (blog|twitter) is on to it as well…
Let’s see how many hate comments I get List of new programmability features/T-SQL enhancements in SQL Server http://t.co/nvqAu3q2Y9
— Denis Gobo (@DenisGobo) June 25, 2013
Here are some blog posts that list new stuff:
SQL Blog – http://blogs.technet.com/b/dataplatforminsider/archive/2013/06/05/sql-server-2014-a-closer-look.aspx
Kenneth Michael Nielsen (blog|twitter) – http://www.funkylab.com/post/SQL-Server-2014-CTP1-ready-to-download
James Serra (blog|twitter) – http://www.jamesserra.com/archive/2013/06/sql-server-2014/
Nuff rambling, just finished downloading – it’s time to unleash the beast