Microsoft Teams Up With Linux; Latest SQL Server For Linux & Windows Now Available For Download

By LJ Joseph , Updated Nov 17, 2016 08:20 PM EST

Microsoft has joined the Linux Foundation as a high-paying Platinum member. They will launch the next SQL server for both Linux and Windows.

Microsoft Joins Linux As A High-paying Platinum Member

Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin reveals that Microsoft joins them as a high-paying Platinum member under the new CEO Satya Nadella, writes Techcrunch . The team up surprises the Microsoft and Linux community as they often think that both companies are at war. However, Microsoft has already contributed a number of Linux Foundation projects in the past like OpenDaylight, Node.js, the Open Container Initiative, the Open API Initiative and the R Consortium. Zemlin adds that a smaller group may still be skeptical of the new Microsoft-Linux team up.

Together with the new team up, Linux Foundation will also have a new Board of Director, John Gossman, who is an architect on the Azure team. Other Platinum members of Linux Foundation include Cisco, Fujitsu, IBM, Intel and Samsung. Google and Facebook, on the other hand, are open source users that are Gold sponsors.

Microsoft First SQL Server For Linux Can Now Be Downloaded

Microsoft announces that its flagship SQL Server database software will also be run in Linux. Anyone who wants to try it can now download the bits from Microsoft. This is a preview for the public and part of the launching of the next version of the SQL Server for both Linux and Windows. This will also allow users to choose how they want to deploy their databases.

According to ZDNet, the Linux version will include all the standard management and advanced features of the SQL Server that are also available in Windows. These include always-encrypted, in-memory column stores, row-level security and improved support for R services, new machine learning and deep neural networking. This SQL Server database software is also available for MacOS users. It will also be available soon on Azure Virtual Machines and the Docker Hub.

Microsoft first SQL Server for Linux and Windows now has become a true platform of choice across operating systems. Under the new CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft will bring its services and tools to customers even if they are not using a Microsoft-owned operating system.

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