Is Microsoft SQL Server 2022 a Big Release?

Normally when y’all post questions here on Pollgab, I let ’em pile up and I eventually do an Office Hours webcast where I talk through my answers. I check in on the list every couple of days just out of curiosity, though, and one of ’em jumped right out at me.

The question, posed by Brent’s Tasty Beverage (nicely done) was:

My friends feel announcement from MS regarding SQL22 were only relatively small changes (since we didn’t see too much of multiple plans technically or demo), nothing groundbreaking or revolutionary. What are your thoughts?

There are a few questions here.