I hope you got plenty of use out of your SQL Server 2012 because SQL Server 2014 CTP1 has been released. You can dowload a trial here.
Performance is the first word mentioned in the improvements. Following that availability and reliability are next on the list but the interesting thing to me is disaster recovery since I’ve been chatting about it recently. It looks like you can backup your databases on Azure and then recover from there in the event of a disaster.
Next of interest to me is the in-memory OLTP which would give you great performance without installing any add-ons.