SQL Server ODBC Drivers Updated

Microsoft has released a community preview of the latest ODBC SQL Server driver for Windows and Linux. The SQL Server is the community technology preview of Microsoft ODBC Driver 13 for SQL Server on Windows and Linux, supporting Ubuntu, RedHat and SUSE distributions. The Microsoft developers say the updated driver provides robust data access to Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Azure SQL Database via ODBC on Windows and Linux platforms.

The main improvement to the updated ODBC driver is the ability to use Always Encrypted. This is a new SQL Server 2016 and Azure SQL Database security feature designed to safeguard sensitive data from being seen in plain text in a SQL Server instance. It lets you transparently encrypt the data in the application, so that SQL Server will only handle the encrypted data and not plain text values.

You can access the Windows drivers here.

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