SQL Server Management Studio
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.
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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.
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. 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.
In June 2015, Microsoft announced their intention to release future versions of SSMS independently of SQL Server database engine releases.
- MSDN: Introducing SQL Server Management Studio
- MSDN: Using Object Explorer
- "Announcing SQL Server Management Studio – June 2015 Release". SQL Release Services Blog. Microsoft. 24 Jun 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
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