Announcing SQL Server Management Studio – June 2016 Release

Today, we are very pleased to announce the generally available release of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). This release includes all updates included in the April preview release, and features a new Quick Find dialog in SSMS, improvements in the SSMS installer to allow tracking of installation progress, bug fixes in the Always Encrypted experience, and many more.

Get it here:

Download SSMS June 2016 generally available release

  • The version number for the latest preview is 13.0.15000.23

New in this release

  1. SSMS is generally available starting with the June 2016 release.
  2. New quick find dialog in SSMS that is better integrated into the current document and allows searching via regular expressions (Microsoft Connect item # 2735513).
  3. Improvements in the SSMS installer to allow you to track installation progress and process exit codes for unattended installations via scripts.
  4. Bug fix in the SSMS context-sensitive F1 help to correctly display help documents and articles.
  5. Bug fix in the Query Data Store ‘Regressed Queries’ view to fix issue that caused SSMS to crash when scrolling.
  6. Bug fix in Excel Analysis Services OLEDB connector to allow connections from Excel 2016 to SQL Server Analysis Services.
  7. Bug fixes in SSMS connection dialog to show the connection dialog on the same monitor as the main SSMS window in multi-monitor systems (Microsoft Connect item #755689).
  8. Bug fixes in the Always Encrypted experience. Fixed bug where Always Encrypted menu option was not enabled correctly for Stretch databases. Also fixed bug in the Always Encrypted wizard where it was not properly using the SafeNet (Luna SA) HSM provider.

Please visit the SSMS download page for additional details including Microsoft connect IDs for issues that were fixed.

Known Issues

  1. PowerShell script generation from the Always Encrypted wizard is currently disabled. A fix for this issue will be available in a subsequent monthly SSMS update.
  2. The ‘Encrypt columns’ context menu item in Object Explorer is disabled for tables and columns when you are connected to an Azure SQL Database. This issue occurs when you are connected to an Azure SQL Database and right-click a table or column and choose ‘Encrypt column’. A fix for this issue will be available in a subsequent monthly SSMS update. As a workaround, right-click the database node in Object Explorer and choose ‘Encrypt columns’ to encrypt Azure SQL Database columns and tables.

The full list of known issues is available in Release notes available here.

Contact us

If you have any questions or feedback, please visit our forum or Microsoft Connect page. We are fully committed to improve the SSMS experience and look forward to hearing from you!