What’s new in SQL Server and Azure SQL: 2023 Year in Review
Published Nov 15 2023 09:00 AM 14.2K Views

Read the 2023 recap of all the Azure SQL and SQL Server news or catch the live episode! If you missed the episode, you can find them all at https://aka.ms/AzureSQLYT. This one also features a special Ask Me Anything with product group members and was streamed LIVE (at https://sqlpasslive ) and in person from PASS Data Community Summit. 


You can read this blog to get all the updates and references mentioned in the show (including the awesome speakers we had on). Since we did things a little differently this month, here’s the special December update which contains the year in review (i.e., all the big updates this year): 


SQL Server on Azure VMs 


Azure SQL Managed Instance 

The Azure SQL Managed Instance team published a blog with all the updates for you to review in one place – check it out at https://aka.ms/sqlminov23.   


Azure SQL Database 


SQL Server on Linux/Containers 


Updates across Azure SQL 



  • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) 




Arc-enabled SQL Server  


*Public Preview 

**Private Preview 

***Announced so recently that I don’t yet have links, check the blog this week for more details, and I will update here in-place in December. 



Where would we be without all our tools and experiences! Across our suite, we have released all sorts of new capabilities that I cannot wait for you to try out (if you haven’t already). The best way to stay up to date is with the release notes. Not including all of them, but a few to get you started. Find us on GitHub, social media, or the Azure Ideas forum to give us feedback. 

A lot of things landed or are landing this week, so I recommend checking above. But I want to highlight a few other things: 


Anna’s Pick of the Month  

My pick of the month is Data Exposed! Marisa Mathews and I are working constantly to get you the information you need when you need it from the SQL Engineering team, and we had SO many folks on this year. So, as we round out the year, I want to thank (1) YOU for watching and (2) all the speakers! I also want to remind you to subscribe to get the latest news, demos, and how-tos on everything Azure SQL and SQL Server: https://aka.ms/azuresqlyt. Find me on X, @AnalyticAnna, if you have feedback or requests for 2024. 

Until next time…  

That’s it for now! We release new episodes on Thursdays at 9AM PT and new #MVPTuesday episodes on the last Tuesday of every month at 9AM PT at aka.ms/DataExposedyt. 

Having trouble keeping up? Be sure to follow us on twitter to get the latest updates on everything, @AzureSQL 


We hope to see you next YEAR, on Data Exposed :)  


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