microsoftcampus100608982orig

Microsoft offers developers free tools for its R programming language software

Microsoft is giving developers and students a free crack at its new server software for the R programming language. 

In a post to the company's Machine Learning blog, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joseph Sirosh announced the new Microsoft R Server for Developers, which offers a free version of the software to members of the company's developer program. The software will give developers a test bed to work with an enterprise-grade version of the popular data analysis language before rolling it out into production.

The launch comes alongside Microsoft's rebranding of Revolution R Enterprise to Microsoft R Server, after its acquisition of Revolution Analytics last year. The server software can be used to analyze large sets of data on Linux, Hadoop and Teradata systems. The developer edition contains all of the features of its mass-market sibling, but can only be used for development and testing purposes.  

The benefit to using Microsoft R Server is that it comes with a support commitment so companies that need help can get it, along with improvements like the ability to process data in chunks or in parallel. That's important to businesses using R for mission-critical applications.   

Students and teachers who are part of Microsoft's DreamSpark program will also be able to download and use Microsoft R Server for free.

R Server will also be making the jump to the company's Azure cloud platform as a supported virtual machine type in the future, so developers can run it on Azure without a whole lot of setup work. 

All of this is part of Microsoft's continuing ambitions to drive businesses forward using big data tools, artificial intelligence and predictive analytics. The company has invested heavily over the past several years in building out capabilities for companies to reap more insights from the data that they have, in the hopes that will help power its business going forward. 

IDG Insider

PREVIOUS ARTICLE

« Android malware steals one-time passcodes

NEXT ARTICLE

Expensive gaming desktops and laptops thrive in slumping PC market »
author_image
IDG News Service

The IDG News Service is the world's leading daily source of global IT news, commentary and editorial resources. The News Service distributes content to IDG's more than 300 IT publications in more than 60 countries.

  • Mail

Recommended for You

International Women's Day: We've come a long way, but there's still an awfully long way to go

Charlotte Trueman takes a diverse look at today’s tech landscape.

Trump's trade war and the FANG bubble: Good news for Latin America?

Lewis Page gets down to business across global tech

20 Red-Hot, Pre-IPO companies to watch in 2019 B2B tech - Part 1

Martin Veitch's inside track on today’s tech trends

Poll

Do you think your smartphone is making you a workaholic?