Microsoft acquires Revolution Analytics – news roundup

January 26, 2015

(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

There was a lot of news coverage on Friday and over the weekend about the news that Microsoft will acquire Revolution Analytics. Here are some links to just a few of the articles published.

  • Wired: Microsoft is "heavily embracing the R programming language"; "the move deepens Microsof's investments in open source".
  • TechCrunch: Microsoft's acquisition is to "bolster its analytics services".
  • GigaOm: R is "hugely popular amongst data scientists and research types"; "a big deal in the world predictive analytics and machine learning … an emerging market that Microsoft wants to get in on early".
  • Bloomberg BusinessWeek: Microsoft's acquisition is "to help the company build up its cloud-services business".
  • ComputerWorld: "In a move to beef up its portfolio of analysis software and services"; "Microsoft is pledging to contribute to the further development of R".
  • SiliconAngle: Acquisition "a double win for Microsoft"; "R has soared in popularity over recent years with the rise of data scientists … an audience that Microsoft is actively trying to court"; "acquisition is as much about data scientists themselves as their algorithms".
  • VentureBeat: Deal is "latest proof [Microsoft] is serious about open source".
  • DataInformed: Move "strengthens [Microsoft's] commitment to big data analytics".

There's also a lively discussion on the deal in this Hacker News thread, and the Adventures in Advanced Analytics blog reviews Revolution Analytics' contributions to the R community over the last 7 years and the future prospects for the community.

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