SQL Server 2016 support for Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2
Microsoft should allow to install SQL Server on Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2, the latest version of desktop and server OS since Windows 8.x, 10 and Windows Server 2012 and beyond are mobile and limited OS (also ugly). Which are not desktop operating systems. Microsoft should support for installing and running SQL Server 2016 on Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2, which has the largest market share and installed base, without the need or obligation to update an operating system that nobody wants.
In Microsoft "Mobile first, cloud first" era, that really means "Mobile only, cloud only", is frustrating how completely abandon the desktop, including OS's, applications and developing support for desktop. Nobody wants to migrate to the limited UWP mobile model.
There's no reason for it to not work on Win7. LocalDb works on Win7 and it has the 2016 engine. Microsoft this is a poor decision. Please remove the artificial blockers from SQL 2016.
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Microsoft is firstly a commercial enterprise.....