We have released for general availability Microsoft.Data.SqlClient 1.0. This .NET Data Provider for SQL Server provides general connectivity to the database and supports all the latest SQL Server features for applications targeting .NET Framework and .NET Core.
If you've been following our preview releases, you know we've been busy working to add feature support for .NET Core targets to bring the same functionality that is available when targeting .NET Framework. We've greatly closed the gap, bringing over features like Always Encrypted and Azure Active Directory Authentication.
In addition, we've added new features like UTF-8 support and Data Classification to SqlClient. For the full list of changes in Microsoft.Data.SqlClient 1.0, please see the Release Notes.