Using Offset and Fetch with the Order By Clause
Applies to: Microsoft SQL Server 2012.
If you need to implement a query page solution, you no longer need to use the
TOP clause. Starting SQL Server 2012 you can make use of the OFFSET and FETCH
arguments of ORDER BY clause as demonstrated on the following example:
As you can see on the following example, you can use FETCH FIRST instead of
FETCH NEXT, and use ROW instead of ROWS.
On the following example, we are not skipping any rows. We are starting on the
first record, and retrieving the top hundred records.
ORDER BY clause.