On their blog, Microsoft has introduced the new ODBC Drivers for SQL Server. "Microsoft is adopting ODBC as the de-facto standard for native access to SQL Server and Windows Azure SQL Database." Microsoft seems to now be aligning the versions numbers and features of their Windows and Linux ODBC drivers as they also move to totally deprecate OLE DB. This is good to see because ODBC has now become the de-facto standard for both SQL and noSQL databases. You can also learn more about using ODBC to connect to noSQL databases by reading Simba brings the power of SQL to Cassandra, Hadoop, BigQuery, and MongoDB.