SQL Server 2022 Release Date: November 16, 2022

SQL Server 2022

Microsoft released SQL Server 2022 today, November 16, 2022.

The footnotes indicate:

SQL Server 2022 free editions (Developer edition, Express edition) are available to download starting today. SQL Server 2022 paid editions (Enterprise edition, Standard edition) will be available in Volume Licensing (Enterprise Agreement, Enterprise Agreement Subscriptions) customers starting today, which represents the majority of SQL Server customers. Customers purchasing via CSP, OEM, and SPLA can begin purchasing SQL Server 2022 in January 2023.

Learn more about what’s new in SQL Server 2022.

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  • Finally! Ha, despite Microsoft’s commitment to release this year, I was beginning to think it would never happen – imagine, their faces rebranding it… Microsoft SQL Server 2023 🙂

    • I’ve had that conversation with a lot of folks, actually.

      The smart marketing thing to do would be to make it look new – but with a 2022 name dropping in November, it’s going to seem out of date within 45 days.

      However, if they called it 2023, it would look like an even longer gap since 2019 (which has already been a long gap between releases), and that sends a bad message too.

  • Are monitoring tools still broken?

  • thanks for information. great to hear that enterprise agreement is still available

  • It is an interesting dilemma. The slip from SQL 2000 to SQL 2005 was really painful for all involved. Caught between adding .NET for CLR, then the debate about pulling it out as its slip carried us with it.
    But this is different. SQL 2019 shipped in Nov 2019. So really this release is on track for a 3 year gap.
    Calling it 2022, will put them in the same position in 2025. A two year old product that sounds like a 3 year old.

    On the plus side maybe in in 45 days, it will sound like it has been around for ages & some managers will wonder why it wasn’t upgraded last year. 😉


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