New Year & New Updates to the Windows Data Science Virtual Machine

This post is authored by Gopi Kumar, Principal Program Manager in the Data Group at Microsoft. First of all, a big thank you to all users of the Data Science Virtual Machine (DSVM) for your tremendous response to our offering in 2016. We’re looking forward to a similarly great year in 2017. The new year… Read more

Announcing the General Availability of Azure Stream Analytics

This post is authored by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President of Information Management & Machine Learning at Microsoft. As part of our ongoing commitment to deliver a world-class data platform, I am thrilled to announce the general availability of Azure Stream Analytics, a fully managed cloud service for real-time processing of streaming data. This new… Read more

Making R the Enterprise Standard for Cross-Platform Analytics, Both On-Premises and in the Cloud

By Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Data Group Less than a year ago we decided to acquire Revolution Analytics, the leading commercial provider of software and services for R, the world’s most widely used programming language for statistical computing and predictive analytics. At the time, we committed to building R and Revolution’s technology into… Read more

Announcing R Tools for Visual Studio

This post is by Shahrokh Mortazavi, Partner Director of Program Management in the Data Group at Microsoft. I am delighted to announce that Visual Studio now speaks another language: R! R is decidedly the most popular statistical/data analysis language in use today. R Tools for Visual Studio brings together the power of R and Visual Studio… Read more

VentureBeat: Microsoft gives out free access to its Azure Machine Learning service

Re-post of an article from VentureBeat earlier this week. "… you’ll welcome a recent development coming out of the PASS Summit in Seattle. Microsoft executives on the scene there announced that the company is opening up Azure Machine Learning to free access. That means you don’t need to plug in your credit card information if… Read more

What 0-50 million users in 7 days can teach us about big data

In July of this year, Satya Nadella shared our broad vision for big data and analytics when he announced the Cortana Analytics Suite. Included in the suite is a collection of perceptual intelligence APIs, such as the face API. These APIs incorporate state of the art algorithms from Microsoft Research for facial detection and recognition,… Read more

Vowpal Wabbit for Fast Learning

This blog post is authored by John Langford, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, New York City. Vowpal Wabbit is an open source machine learning (ML) system sponsored by Microsoft. VW is the essence of speed in machine learning, able to learn from terafeature datasets with ease. Via parallel learning, it can exceed the throughput of… Read more

Copying Azure ML Experiments Across Workspaces

This post is authored by Hai Ning, Principal Program Manager Lead at Microsoft. We recently introduced the ability to easily copy experiments from one Azure ML workspace to another. Our earlier versions would let you open an experiment, select all modules in it, copy the same, then open another experiment from a different workspace and… Read more

How We Share Machine Learning Knowledge at Microsoft

We recently concluded the Fall 2014 edition of our Practice of Machine Learning Conference (PMLC). Over 1,700 Microsoft employees attended the two day event, which featured 60 talks on a broad spectrum of areas ranging from new algorithms to ML applications such as anomaly detection and fraud. Tutorials covered such topics as feature engineering, labeling,… Read more

Recent Updates to the Microsoft Data Science Virtual Machine

Posted by Gopi Kumar, Principal Program Manager in the Microsoft Data Group. It’s been over 9 months since we first released the Data Science Virtual Machine (DSVM), a custom virtual machine image we published in the Azure Marketplace with a host of popular data science tools pre-installed and pre-configured. We’ve made a few updates since… Read more