R has gotten quite a lot of exposure recently. It started with the feature article in the New York Times last January, but since then there's been a steady flow of articles about R in analyst reports, on blogs, in YouTube videos, on Twitter, as well as in the general news media. As a result, a lot of new people have heard about R, but not all of them may know exactly what R is, or where it came from, or what they can do with it.
To address that, I'm hosting a public webinar on Thursday next week (January 28, at 9AM US Pacific time). The title of the talk is "The R Project: Data Analysis and Statistical Graphics for the Enterprise", and in 30 minutes I'll attempt to explain just how awesome R is as a statistical tool, especially compared to commercial tools like SAS, SPSS or Excel. I'll be focussing mostly on applications of R, i.e. what you can do with it, rather than how you do it. If you have friends or colleagues who should be using R, but aren't, send 'em along (just sent them the link below). And if you already know what R is all about, you might just find some new uses for R you hadn't thought of yet.
REvolution Computing: The R Project: Data Analysis and Statistical Graphics for the Enterprise