Microsoft is making available to anyone who wants to kick the tires a first public preview release of its coming SQL Server 2016 on-premises database.

Testers can download what's called SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview (CTP) 2 from Microsoft's web site, as of today, May 27. (The first preview is numbered 2 because there was a private preview that was designated CTP1, officials confirmed.) Testers also can opt to test the public CTP2 preview using a virtual machine in Microsoft Azure.
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