Microsoft is now pleased to announce SQL Server 2019 community technology preview 2.2, the third in a monthly cadence of preview releases.

This preview brings the following new features and capabilities to SQL Server 2019:

  • Customers can now use SparkR from Azure Data Studio on a big data cluster.
  • Customers can use UTF-8 character encoding with SQL Server Replication. Depending on the character set in use, switching to URF-8 encoding has the potential for large storage savings.

To get started with SQL Server 2019 CTP 2.2, find download instructions on the SQL Server 2019 web page.