This is our first effort to release SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) in a mechanism outside of the SQL Engine releases. Our goal is to update this frequently with new features, fixes and support for the newest SQL Server features in SQL Server Engine and Azure SQL Database.
Awww yeah! Lightweight installer, and here’s the best part: there’s a built-in check for updates.
That’s right: Microsoft might start shipping updates to SSMS outside of the regular SQL Server Service Pack scenario!
This telegraphs a couple of interesting things: first, they had to do it because Azure SQL Database ships updates much faster than SQL Server does, so this gives Microsoft a way to enable those updates in SSMS without releasing a separate service pack.
But more interestingly – to me at least – is that this means SQL Server Management Studio is now considered The Way to Manage Azure SQL Database. There isn’t a separate tool coming, nor will designer/developer tools like Visual Studio become a management tool.
SSMS is finally getting some much-needed love. Rejoice, dear readers.