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Microsoft takes big data firm Revolution Analytics into its fold

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Microsoft has agreed to acquire big data firm Revolution Analytics for an undisclosed amount. Founded in 2007, Revolution Analytics is popular as a provider of software and services for R, a programming language used for statistical computing and predictive analytics.

As part of the deal the Redmond will work with Revolution Analytics to evolve the R platform and will continue to support both open source and commercial distributions of Revolution R across operating systems.

Announcing the acquisition, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of machine learning, Joseph Sirosh, in a blog post said that “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.”

“We are excited to help foster the open source evolution of R and, particularly, the community of people that drives that evolution. We will continue to support and evolve both open source and commercial distributions of Revolution R across multiple operating systems.”

David Smith, chief community officer at Revolution Analytics, said nothing much will change with the Microsoft acquisition.

“For our users and customers, nothing much will change with the acquisition. We’ll continue to support and develop the Revolution R family of products – including non-Windows platforms like Mac and Linuxm,” he said.

“The free Revolution R Open project will continue to enhance open source R. We’ll continue to offer expert technical support for R with Revolution R Plus subscriptions from the same team of R experts. We’ll continue to advance the big data and enterprise integration capabilities of Revolution R Enterprise. And we’ll continue to offer expert technical training and consulting services,” Smith added.

Financial terms of the acquisition deal remained undisclosed.