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Microsoft Upgrades SQL server RC2 Endorsing Easier R Setup

Friday, April 15, 2016

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FREMONT, CA: Microsoft announces the availability of database software, SQL Server 2016 Release Candidate (RC).  SQL Server R Services is a new feature in SQL Server 2016 that supports enterprise-scale data science, rich visualizations on mobile devices, built-in advanced analytics, and new advanced security technologies.

 Microsoft acquired Revolution Analytics, commercial supporter of open-source R and now trying to integrate Microsoft R server functionality with SQL server.

SQL Server 2016 RC2 eliminates the need to download and install Microsoft R Server or R if SQL Server is connected to the Internet, the company announced. R Services are now a unified part of the initial installation sequence, streamlining setup and configuration tasks for administrators.

The unified installer can install either SQL Server R Services (In-Database) or the new Microsoft R Server (Standalone).

In SQL Server 2016 RC 2, enhancements include:

R Services setup – the setup process for R Services is much more integrated into SQL Server setup. There is no longer a need to manually download and install Microsoft R open and R Server if the SQL Server is connected to the Internet; it becomes part of the SQL Server install sequence.

SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) – This release of SSMS features an update to the Visual Studio 2015 shell bringing enhancements such as the quick launch toolbar and improved theming support.

Mobile reports – Brand Packages will now be downloaded to the mobile report publisher from a server running RC2 and available for use in report creation.  Basic mobile report content migration between servers is now supported.

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