Just seen a blog from Aaron Bertrand about JSON support in SQL SERVER 2016. In my last job we wanted to export some data stored in SQL SERVER into Elasticsearch and converting large amounts of data into JSON documents was quite tricky to get working at first. There are lots of other database applications that store their data as JSON, for example, MongoDB and this looks like it will be helpful loading data from SQL SERVER into these if needed. Microsoft have got their own rival for the likes of MongoDB named DocumentDB and this stores its documents in JSON so I guess this JSON support is something they needed to add.
JSON Support in SQL Server 2016