Microsoft Offers R Server for Academic Research

Microsoft Corp. said it is making its enterprise big data analytics platform available to academic researchers in a bid to shift those capabilities beyond corporate users. Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) said last week its rebranded R Server, formally known as the Revolution R Enterprise platform, would be made available to students and university researchers via its DreamSpark technical education initiative. The program provides researchers with free access to Microsoft software. Microsoft’s R Server is the rebranded version of the platform acquired by the software giant in a deal last year to buy Revolution Analytics, a provider of software and services for the R programming language. R is widely used for predictive analytics and statistical computing. The company said R Server would support big data statistics, predictive modeling and machine learning capabilities…


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