Azure SQL Database Preview Based on SQL Server 2014

New tiers of Azure SQL Database, a relational database service hosted in Microsoft's data centers, were released to preview in Dec. 2014. The tiers are based on SQL Server 2014 and provide improved compatibility and performance, as compared to the current offerings. Application compatibility includes support for most T-SQL commands and the .NET Common Language Runtime (CLR), removing previous barriers for migrating some database applications from SQL Server to Azure SQL.

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