Microsoft have already shown R some love by supporting it in their Azure Machine Learning service. But, today they announced an acquisition that borders on infatuation—they are acquiring Revolution Analytics.
Revolution Analytics is a commercial provider of R software, support and services—with strength in the big data area. They are the developers of the open-source RHadoop packages that allow analysts to use R when managing and analyzing data with Hadoop.
Joseph Sirosh, in charge of Machine Learning at Microsoft, said:
We are making this acquisition to help more companies use the power of R and data science to unlock big data insights with advanced analytics.
I’m looking forward to seeing where Microsoft are going with this.