JSON support in SQL server is one of the most highly ranked requests with more than 1000 votes on the Microsoft connect site. We have announced that SQL Server 2016 will have a native JSON support. Note that this will not be the exact copy of native XML support that exists in SQL Server since 2005. Our goal is to create simpler but still useful framework for processing JSON documents. In this post I will give a brief overview of the JSON features that are planned for SQL Server 2016. Some rough timelines when these features will be available .