SQL Server 2016 CTP 2.4 is here!

Microsoft is a busy bee these days… Providing all the updates we actually want and need!
Today there was another great release for the Power BI Service.
And more importantly, a HUGE release called SQL Server 2016 2.4!

This includes a long awaited feature for SSRS and an incredible improvement for analytic workloads.

A quick overview of what you can play with:


  • Some sad news for people with old machines: x86 server support is now deprecated!
  • Smart Maintenance Plans
  • Tempdb now has improved scalability


  • Export reports to PowerPoint!
  • Position report parameters the way you want
  • Print reports from modern browsers
  • Even better support for new browsers
    • Like no requirement for ActiveX to print reports


Read more details about the Reporting Services changes in this post at the official SSRS blog.


  • Excel 2013 finally made the cut as a source and destination
    • Now we wait for Excel 2016 🙂
  • Complex data feeds including Data Streaming destination!
  • oData v4 source support in addition to oData v3
  • Balanced Data Distributor
  • AlwaysOn support

Operational Analytics and In-Memory Data Warehouse

  • Updateable NonClustered Columnstore Indexes, but they no longer need an index rebuild!
  • Parallel building of these NonClustered Columnstore Indexes.
  • Increased speed for insert operations on delta Rowgroups
  • And of course improvede query performance using these NonClustered Columnstore Indexes

Read the official post with more in depth information here

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