First announced at both Revolution Analytics’ and Microsoft’s blogs, on 23 Jan 2015, the purchase of Revolution Analytics by Microsoft was done in order to help customers “find big data value with advanced statistical analysis.”
Revolution Analytics has been offering support and services for R since 2007, when it first started as Revolution Computing. Since then, they have evolved to focus their products on big data, large scale multipurpose computing, and multi-core functioning.
When it was announced that Microsoft had acquired Revolution Analytics they underscored their intention to continue to develop the open source and commercial distributions of Revolution R, as well as to “empower enterprises, R developers and data scientists to more easily and cost effectively build applications and analytics solutions at scale”.
Even before acquiring Revolution Analytics, Microsoft had been using R programs and packages for their own computing needs, as in the Xbox match-making system between players trying to get a multiplayer game started with random other players by basing it on each others’ skill levels. With the acquisition of Revolution Analytics, this will be a great leap forward for them to enhance their R capabilities, using the knowledge of the employees and technicians at Revolution Analytics.
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