New SQL Server Management Studio -16.3 (August 2016) Release

Following the SQL Server 2016 release earlier this year, the latest generally-available (GA) quality release of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) is now available.

Key features are:

  • Switch from monthly-branded SSMS releases (e.g. August 2016 release) to numerically-branded SSMS releases (e.g. 16.3 release).
  • New Active Directory authentication option (Active Directory Universal Authentication) with underlying Azure AD supporting multi-factor authentication and integrated authentication.
  • New PowerShell cmdlets to help perform SQL Server login management.
  • Support for filtering in the ‘Databases’ node of the Object explorer.
    You can download the latest release version 13.0.15700.28 in the link below.

Download SSMS 16.3 (August 2016) release


Chirag is an Independent Consultant at Patel Consulting, BCS Chartered IT Professional, TOGAF Certified Architect, Microsoft Certified Solution Expert (Productivity, Data Management and Analytics) and Microsoft Service Adoption specialist based in London, UK with more than 20 years of industry experience. He works with a wide variety of clients in many sectors, designing and implementing business collaboration, data and information management solutions and services based on SharePoint and Office 365 technologies to create business value for both themselves and their customers, including UK Microsoft Gold Partners with deployment, upgrade and migration services delivery. Chirag is an active SharePoint community participant, frequent speaker at local and international events including SharePoint Saturdays (London, Cambridge, Brussels, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, UK, EMEA, India) and Collab365. In 2011, for his valuable contributions to Microsoft TechNet forums he received a Microsoft Community Contributor Award. In his little spare time he enjoys cycling, cricket and participating in Charity bike rides and Duathlons. You can follow Chirag on Twitter at @techChirag and find him online at

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