Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014

9780735684751xWe’re pleased to announce our next free ebook – Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014 – by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner. 
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Microsoft SQL Server 2014 is the next generation of Microsoft’s information platform, with new features that deliver faster performance, expand capabilities in the cloud, and provide powerful business insights. In this book, we explain how SQL Server 2014 incorporates in-memory technology to boost performance in online transactional processing (OLTP) and data-warehouse solutions. We also describe how it eases the transition from on-premises solutions to the cloud with added support for hybrid environments. SQL Server 2014 continues to include components that support analysis, although no major new features for business intelligence were included in this release. However, several advances of note have been made in related technologies such as Microsoft Excel 2013, Power BI for Office 365, HDInsight, and PolyBase, and we describe these advances in this book as well.

Who should read this book?

This book is for anyone who has an interest in SQL Server 2014 and wants to understand its capabilities. Many new improvements have been made to SQL Server 2014, but in a book of this size we cannot cover every improvement in its entirety—or cover every feature that distinguishes SQL Server from other databases or SQL Server 2014 from previous versions. Consequently, we assume that you have some familiarity with SQL Server already. You might be a database administrator (DBA), an application developer, a business intelligence solution architect, a power user, or a technical decision maker. Regardless of your role, we hope that you can use this book to discover the features in SQL Server 2014 that are most beneficial to you.

Comments (28)

  1. Kalen Delaney says:

    I don't see a link to the companion content for this book. I see it for other books on the page, but not for this one. Can you please provide it? Thanks!

  2. Hi, Kalen! This free ebook does not come with companion content. Not all free ebooks have companion content, and the 2012 version of this ebook also didn't.

  3. f a alogab says:

    Thank you for help and assistance


    Merci pour l'offre, Mais aider nous, penser à disposer les version française, pour ceux qui ce trouve ou pays francophone  

  5. KimSpilker says:

    @Willaim Matondo – Thank you for your comment. When we produce these free ebooks, the budget does not go far enough to cover translations. Perhaps a French publisher will want to license the book for localization into French.

    1. dbarselow says:

      Why don’t you try a program like pdf it’s self or ms word, or a ocr (optical character recognition) that might have a translator in it. I think PDF has a translator worth a try for other readers of this issue.

  6. PT says:

    can it be made available on the Apple App Store?  

  7. says:

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  8. Wilfredo Kaamino says:

    The link to the ebook is goes to general page on, searched using the ebook title only results in other ebook and not the actual ebook.

  9. KimSpilker says:

    Wilfredo – if you scroll down that free ebooks page, you'll find the SQL Server 2014 ebook. It's near the bottom of the page.

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  11. Julia North says:

    I have a COSN hosting partner who would like to market this to customers and wanted to know if we could get source files for the e-book or if they could add their branding to it.

    Any guidance would be great as I emailed my question to the press team a few weeks ago, which has not been returned.

    Thank you!

  12. Mark Hions says:

    Kim – your reply to Wilfredo is no longer correct.  Of the 29 ebooks currently available on the linked page, none are about SQL Server, so it seems to have been pushed off the list by newer releases.

    Furthermore, the Microsoft Press Store refers me back to the same linked page if I want the free ebook.  It's willing to sell me the paper edition, though.

    Strangely, the ebook is available under "Companion Content" from the Press Store page at…/introducing-microsoft-sql-server-2014-9780735684751

  13. KimSpilker says:

    @Mark –  Hi. We recently managed a redesign of the free ebooks page on Microsoft Virtual Academy. I just scrolled through the page and the SQL Server 2014 book is still there.


  14. Mr. Lonely says:

    @Mark -> Please use the filter option and select SQL server -> Issue solved.

  15. Stephen says:

    What is the Release goog for Evolution Database

  16. ArthurZ says:

    I think it would be good to release a sequel for the SQL Server 2016 version.

  17. ali hojati says:

    با سلام

    اگر میشد کتاب های فارسی رو هم تنظیم میکردین عالی میشد.

    علی حجتی

  18. I developed a database for my organization with MS SQL Server 2003 in 2005.
    What is the major difference between SQL Server 2014 and the previous version I used?

  19. kimeungil says:

    this book in like libery work book

  20. Marcelo says:


  21. Henry Wen says:

    I hope the ebook can have other languages editions, such as Chinese Simplified.

  22. Francisco says:

    obrigado por baixar SQL Server 2014.

  23. Chris Farley says:

    Hi there,

    Please is there a version of this book that’s designed for absolute beginners?