I just finished my first installation of SQL Server 2016 and I noticed that SQL Server Management Studio was available as a completely separate install option and not a part of the main installation. Microsoft decided to make SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) available as a separate download . This also means that SSMS does not require a license anymore. The current release (13.0.15700.28) works with all supported versions of SQL Server (2008 to 2016) as well as SQL Azure. The rationale behind is that Microsoft will be able to update the tooling at a swifter pace than the releases of SQL Server itself.