The Apache Phoenix team is pleased to announce the immediate
availability of the 4.4.0-HBase-0.98 release compatible with HBase 0.98.x
Highlights include:

- spark integration[1]
- query server[2]
- support for user defined functions[3]
- pherf - load tester measures throughput[4]
- support union All and union queries in subquery[5].
7.5x performance improvement for non aggregate, unordered queries
- many math and date/time buit-in functions
mr job to populate indexes
- improvements in tracing and monitoring.
- some more improvements in CBO
over 70 bug fixes and etc...

The release is available through maven or may be downloaded here [6].

Thanks to all the contributors who made this release possible!

The Apache Phoenix Team