Microsoft Extends its Support for R through its purchase of Revolution Analytics

Microsoft has bought a small open source company called Revolution Analytics. Revolution Analytics is a provider of an open source distribution of R, one of the most widely used data analysis software packages. They also provide consulting services.

Revolution Analytics also has a product called Revolution R Cloud which is a distribution of R designed specifically for the cloud. It is currently targeted at Amazon Web Services – presumably now it will be retargeted to Microsoft Azure.

This acquisition will help customers use advanced analytics within Microsoft data platforms on-premises, in hybrid cloud environments and on Microsoft Azure. By leveraging Revolution Analytics technology and services, we will empower enterprises, R developers and data scientists to more easily and cost effectively build applications and analytics solutions at scale.

R is an important language and toolset for data scientists working on advanced statistics algorithms. Microsoft is investing in supporting R in its cloud offerings including support for integration of R code and R packages in its Azure ML offering.

Christopher Woodill

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