Microsoft’s R Strategy

R, the open source programming language that is extremely popular with data professionals, seems to be Microsoft’s latest religion. And, with the planned June 1st General Availability date for SQL Server 2016, which features an integrated version of R, the Bar Mitzvah/Confirmation is upon us. Why is Microsoft integrating an open source programming language into its flagship commercial database, a product among its biggest revenue breadwinners? And even if we can answer that one, we need to consider that Microsoft has also integrated R into its HDInsight, Azure Machine Learning and Power BI cloud offerings, as well as its Visual Studio developer environment. So, really, what’s going on? In addition to the technology itself, factors of policy, leadership, and strategy are at play here. If you want to understand Microsoft…


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