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Temporal tables (not to be confused with temporary tables) were introduced in SQL Server 2016, and have also been made available in Azure SQL Databases. Basically, this feature adds automatic history tracking and supports new T-SQL query syntax for historical querying. Note that the full name of this feature is “System-versioned temporal tables”, but for brevity we will just call them temporal tables.


With new SQL server, you can have the best of both worlds. In your data models, you can choose when to use traditional structures and when to introduce NoSQL concepts.


Because a JSON string equates to a plain text string, SQL Server and any other relational database management system (RDBMS) will let you work with JSON, as they all allow for storing strings, no matter their presentation. That capability is enhanced in SQL Server 2016, the first-ever version that lets developers query within JSON strings as if the JSON were organized into individual columns. What's more, you can read and save existing tabular data as JSON.