Top 5 features you would like to see in the next version of SQL Server

Here is an opportunity to discuss about the top 5 features that you would like to see in the next version of SQL Server. It would be nice if you can include a sentence for each feature explaining why it is required. Please use features of SQL Server 2005 as starting point meaning do not ask for those which are already in SQL Server 2005. And the features should be restricted to the query language (SQL) and the programming language (TSQL) only. Examples include enhancements to DDLs, new relational features, new programming capabilities or data types.

Lastly, note that this is just an informal request from me. This doesn't mean that these features will get into the next version of SQL Server. But I will take these requests and file them along with existing suggestions/sqlwish emails that many in our team maintain. And it can help prioritize the list for the product eventually.



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