Announcing the Availability of the Microsoft Data Science Virtual Machine

This blog post is by Gopi Kumar, Senior Program Manager in the Microsoft Data Group. We are very happy to announce the immediate availability of the Microsoft Data Science Virtual Machine – a Windows Server 2012 -based custom virtual machine image on the Azure marketplace containing several popular tools that can be used by data… Read more

A Look Behind How One of the World’s Most Popular Brands Harnessed an Internet Meme

How Coca-Cola Company and Universal McCann used technology from Microsoft to support a cutting-edge marketing campaign This post is authored by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President of the Data Group at Microsoft. A few months ago, I was trying to find a clever way to illustrate the power of machine learning to software developers at… Read more

MOOC on Data Science & ML Essentials – Now Available On-Demand

This post is authored by Chirag Dhull, Product Marketing Manager for Data Platform & IoT at Microsoft. We were thrilled by the huge response to the first edition of our edX MOOC on Data Science and Machine Learning Essentials – over 37,000 students registered from 177 countries, and, during the five week course duration, we… Read more

Happy? Sad? Angry? New Microsoft Tool Recognizes Emotions In Pictures

Reposted from the ‘Next at Microsoft’ blog. The Microsoft Project Oxford team has announced the public beta of a new tool to help developers recognize emotions in pictures. Chris Bishop, head of Microsoft Research Cambridge in the United Kingdom, showed off the tool in a keynote talk at the Microsoft Future Decoded conference. The emotion… Read more

IEEE Visualization Conference 2015 – Increasing Influence of Machine Learning

This post is authored by Yiwen Sun, Data Scientist at Microsoft. I attended the IEEE Visualization Conference 2015 in Chicago recently and jotted down a few points related to machine learning. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this conference, it’s the largest annual gathering of practitioners, academics and researchers looking to make data… Read more

Free Webinar: Using the Cortana Analytics Process to Build Intelligent Apps

Join us at this demo-rich session next Tuesday, November 10th, to learn about the Cortana Analytics Process, a systematic approach to data science that helps you understand raw data and transform it into intelligent insights and actions. We will walk you through a real-world dataset, show you how to use JuPyter notebooks to explore the… Read more

Transforming Businesses Through the Power of Analytics

This is the first in a series of posts by Pavandeep Kalra, Director of Data Science, and Ilan Reiter, Principal Data Science Manager, where they discuss business transformation through analytics and how organizations can run successful analytics pilots and build a thriving data science practice. We all know the story of how, in just the… Read more

Using Azure ML to Build Clickthrough Prediction Models

This blog post is by Girish Nathan, a Senior Data Scientist at Microsoft. Ad click prediction is a multi-billion dollar industry, and one that is still growing rapidly. In this post, we build ML models on the largest publicly available ad click prediction dataset, from Criteo. The Criteo dataset consists of some 4.4 billion advertising… Read more

Exciting Announcements from the PASS Summit

Yesterday, at the PASS Summit, Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President of the Data Group at Microsoft. made a few exciting announcements, including the following: Community Technology Preview (CTP) 3.0 of SQL Server 2016, which includes In-Memory OLTP and real-time Operational Analytics, built-in SQL Server R Services, first in-market Always Encrypted capability, new BI capabilities for… Read more