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Posted December 6, 2018

New Preview of SQL Server Management Studio Available for Download

By Gregory Larsen

On September 24th Microsoft released the first Community Technical Preview for SQL Server 2019, which was CTP2.0. At the same time Microsoft pushed out a new preview for SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) known as version 18.

Remember, Microsoft now provides a separate download for SQL Server Management Studio. It is no longer provided with SQL Server. You can download this new SSMS preview at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/ssms/sql-server-management-studio-changelog-ssms?view=sql-server-2017#ssms-180-preview-4download-sql-server-management-studio-ssmsmd

This new version of SSMS has a smaller download size, and it no longer shares components with the database engine. By not sharing components, Microsoft has eliminated the possible overwriting issues that can occur when installing either SQL Server or SSMS. If you want to read about all the new features of the new SSMS preview then check out this link:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/ssms/sql-server-management-studio-changelog-ssms?view=sql-server-2017#ssms-180-preview-4download-sql-server-management-studio-ssmsmd

You should note that this new preview of SSMS is no longer supported on Windows 8. The new SSMS needs to be installed on Windows 10, or on a Windows Server 2016 or above machine.

You do not have to install SQL Server 2019 to use this new version of SQL Server Management Studio. This new version can be used to manage your older instances (SQL Server 2017, 2016, etc.), as well as any databases you have in Azure. If you like having the latest and greatest SQL Server Management tool then consider downloading and installing this new version of SSMS now.

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