In a world filled with an increasing number of Internet-connected devices, data is king. Thermostats (like the Nest) stream temperature and humidity information, door bells (like Ring) stream video, and we've even seen the Connected Cow that streams movement data.
When a software package has been around as long as Microsoft Windows™, Office™, or SQL Server™ (all dating to circa 1990), it seems to become harder and harder to add significant new features to such a mature product. Other than pivot and the ribbon, Office™ is virtually unchanged from the early days. Windows™ has taken more risk yielding successes as well as flops like Millennium™ and Vista™. But SQL Server™ just seems always to get better and better while maintaining continuity. The upcoming 2016 release (June 2016) is no exception.