SQL Server Management Studio

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SQL Server Management Studio
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Earlier version of Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio showing a query, the results of the query, and the Object Explorer pane while connected to a SQL Server database engine instance.
Developer(s) Microsoft
Initial release 2005
Stable release
13.0.16000.28 / October 26, 2016; 40 days ago (2016-10-26)
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Website microsoft.com/sqlserver

SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) is a software application first launched with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 that is used for configuring, managing, and administering all components within Microsoft SQL Server. The tool includes both script editors and graphical tools which work with objects and features of the server.[1]

A central feature of SSMS is the Object Explorer, which allows the user to browse, select, and act upon any of the objects within the server.[2] It also shipped a separate Express edition that could be freely downloaded, however recent versions of SSMS are fully capable of connecting to and manage any SQL Server Express instance. Microsoft also incorporated backwards compatibility for older versions of SQL Server thus allowing a newer version of SSMS to connect to older versions of SQL Server instances.

Starting from version 11, the application has been rewritten in WPF that is similar to Visual Studio 2010.

In June 2015, Microsoft announced their intention to release future versions of SSMS independently of SQL Server database engine releases.[3]

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