The following post is from Quentin Clark, Corporate Vice President, Data Platform Group.

“Today I am very happy to announce SQL Server 2014 has been released to manufacturing and will be generally available on April 1.

SQL Server 2014 is the culmination of thousands of hours of hard work from Microsoft engineers and thousands of hours of testing and input from our preview customers. The result is an important component of Microsoft’s overall cloud-first data platform. The platform delivers breakthrough performance, accelerated insights through tools everyone uses and the ability to scale globally on-premises and in the cloud – letting our customers get the most from their data.

This release of SQL Server is significant in that, in addition to delivering key hybrid scenarios, it rounds out our journey to embrace in-memory technology. Several years back, we began exploring the changing hardware landscape – memory being one of the key areas of focus. Today, our in-memory technology spans the core workloads in the data platform: business intelligence as part of Analysis Services, Excel and Power BI for Office 365; complex event processing with StreamInsight; in-memory columnstore in SQL Server and our data warehousing product; and now with SQL Server 2014 – in-memory transaction processing.

The completeness of Microsoft’s data platform and the strength of its mission-critical capabilities are the reasons our customers increasingly build on and deploy SQL Server. It has garnered market share and industry recognition because it meets the increasingly demanding needs of business customers of all sizes. SQL Server is the most widely-deployed database in the world and continues to gain revenue share at the expense of our competitors. Our data platform has surpassed our competitors in key technology areas like cloud, in-memory and business intelligence. With SQL Server 2014, we’ll continue to build on that momentum with an enterprise-ready, mission-critical database.”

Read the full announcement here.

Or read the official Data Platform Insider blog round up here.

Save the date – April 15th!
 “Accelerate Your Insights” Watch the Accelerate your insights keynotes live from San Francisco, California on April 15th – you’ll learn how to drive your business in real-time, from apps to insights, using all your data, and how the latest advancements in SQL Server 2014 and Power BI for Office 365 turn potential into real possibilities.