SQL Server Management Studio 18.0 Released

Dinakar Nethi announces the release of a public preview of SQL Server Management Studio 18.0:

Shell improvements

  • SSMS is based on the new VS 2017 Isolated Shell. This means a modern shell that unlocks all the accessibility features from both SSMS and VS 2017.

  • Smaller download size (~400 MB). This is less than half of what SSMS 17.x is.

  • SSMS can be installed in a custom folder. Currently, this is only available on the command line setup. Pass the extra argument to SSMS-Setup-ENU.exe, SSMSInstallRoot = C:\MyFolder

  • High DPI enabled by default.

  • Better support for multiple monitors to ensure dialogs and windows pop up on the expected monitor.

  • Isolation from SQL Engine. SSMS does not share components with SQL engine anymore. More isolation from SQL engine allows for more frequent updates.

  • Package Ids no longer needed to develop SSMS Extensions.

18.0 will install alongside 17, so you can have both at the same time.

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