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Updates to Always Encrypted since 2016

Aaron Bertrand notes some changes:

In 2015, during the SQL Server 2016 beta, I explored a new feature is this article, Always Encrypted. This feature finally allowed us to encrypt data at rest and on the wire, and I showed how beneficial this was and how much more secure your data could be. I also explained that, as a new feature, some limitations made it difficult to use and, sometimes, impossible to adopt.

Several major versions of SQL Server later, how has this feature evolved, and is it easier to use today?

Read on for the answer. Aaron also covers secure enclaves, a big topic for Always Encrypted users.