Management Studio is now a completely standalone product, not tied to any specific version or edition of SQL Server, and no longer requiring licensing of any kind. You can read about some of the major changes to this new release cycle approach here:
And you can always download the latest release here:
Typically, you should expect a new build about every 30 days, though as you can see below they will sometimes sneak out an out-of-band release. I am quite happy dealing with this faster-paced delivery model, even though it comes with the risk of an occasional setback and waiting a few days for a fix. To me this is way better than the old model, where we'd wait years for any change at all.
|Label||Build #||Date Released|
Pulled: See this tweet
(see Connect #3103831)
|July 2016 Hotfix Update
(see Connect #2883440)
|July 2016 Release||13.0.15500.91||2016-07-01|
|June 2016 Release||13.0.15000.23||2016-06-01|
Microsoft has made it a little bit easier to find previous supported releases of Management Studio by putting up a download page here. It will typically be updated with the previous build from the above branch, and at least for as long as they are supported, will continue to offer the latest builds for SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server 2014.
This page doesn't offer anything in the 2005, 2008, or 2008 R2 flavors though. The following table has a link to the latest known publicly available download if you need 2008/2008 R2 SSMS support for things like SSIS packages. You can install this older release side-by-side with 2012, 2014, or the new branch. Not sure there is any plausible reason to choose 2012 or 2014 over the new branch, but if that's what you want to do, you can.
|Version||Service Pack||Build #||Date||Download|
|SQL Server 2014||SP1||12.0.4100.1||2015-05-14||Download|
|SQL Server 2012||SP3||11.0.6020.0||2015-11-21||Download|
|SQL Server 2008 R2||SP2||10.50.4000||2012-07-02||Download|
|The 2008 R2 link takes you to the 2008 R2 Express download page. When you click "Download" you'll have some choices; for SSMS you want SQLManagementStudio_x64_ENU.exe or, if your hardware is from last century, SQLManagementStudio_x86_ENU.exe.|
It may be possible, of course, to get a later build of SSMS by subsequently applying newer service packs, but it is not something we've gotten around to testing.