Exploring SQL Server Management Studio Version 2016 CTP 2.
It has very cool feature "Include Live Query Statistics"
It has an new icon in the Toolbar right near "Actual Execution Plan" icon:
What is cool with that feature?
That is a live view of current query execution.
I've tried to come up with a query, which would demonstrate that:
And I was be able to capture a moment on the screen when Hash Match operation is already done and Sort operation just started.
In this case it might be not so useful, but for complex queries which run for several minutes minutes it would be very useful to see what SQL Server is doing right now and what a bottleneck there can be.
It looks like Microsoft finally decided to put more improvements into SSMS.