SQL Server 2016 Launch Event

Scott Guthrie and Satya Nadella are hosting a SQL Server 2016 live event starting at 10 AM Eastern (via Scott Guthrie).

Yeah, it’s a marketing event, but there might be something interesting and exciting to come out of it.

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