Announcing R Tools 1.0 for Visual Studio 2015

This post is authored by Shahrokh Mortazavi, Partner Director of Program Management at Microsoft. I’m delighted to announce the General Availability of R Tools 1.0 for Visual Studio 2015 (RTVS). This release will be shortly followed by R Tools 1.0 for Visual Studio 2017 in early May. RTVS is a free and open source plug-in… Read more

Retail Customer Churn Prediction: How-To Guide Now Available

This post is authored by Lixun Zhang, Data Scientist, Daisy Deng, Software Engineer, and Tao Wu, Principal Data Scientist Manager, at Microsoft. Predicting customer churn rate is among the most sought-after machine learning and analytics applications for retail stores, and of high value to companies that are eager to take advantage of the ever-increasing amounts… Read more

End-to-End Data Science Walkthrough with Spark 2.0 on Azure HDInsight Hadoop Clusters

This post is authored by Debraj GuhaThakurta, Senior Data Scientist, and Brad Severtson, Senior Content Developer, at Microsoft. The data scientists among you would have seen how Spark 2.0, which released in July 2016, offered several enhancements over Spark 1.6. These enhancements included: Easier ANSI SQL and more streamlined APIs. Improvements in the speeds of… Read more

Microsoft Data Amp – New Online Event, on April 19th

Re-posted from the Microsoft SQL Server blog. We are excited to announce a new online event that will take place next month, Microsoft Data Amp. Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President for Cloud + Enterprise, and Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President, Data Group, will share exciting new announcements around the investments we are making in machine… Read more

Microsoft AI Immersion Workshop in Seattle – May 9th, 2017

The Microsoft AI Immersion Workshop, to be held in Seattle on May 9th, 2017, is a FREE pre-event to Microsoft Build 2017. The Workshop is a special opportunity for advanced developers interested in creating the next generation of intelligent apps, including enterprise-grade solutions, that use the very latest AI and Machine Learning techniques. Experienced Microsoft… Read more

Virtual Reality Games, Digital Signs & Swedish Apartments Get a Boost with Microsoft AI & Machine Learning

A peek at recent customer stories involving the application of Microsoft AI, Big Data & Machine Learning. Your Voice is the Controller in an Immersive New VR Game from Human Interact Human Interact is a VR storytelling startup based in Champaign, Illinois, and Starship Commander is one their newest VR games. One of the goals… Read more

Cloud-Scale Text Classification with Convolutional Neural Networks on Microsoft Azure

This post is by Miguel Fierro, Ilia Karmanov, Thomas Delteil, Andreas Argyriou, and Max Kaznady, all Data Scientists at Microsoft. Natural Language Processing (NLP) is one of the fields in which deep learning has made significant progress. Specifically, the area of text classification, where the objective is to categorize documents, paragraphs or individual sentences into… Read more

Revolutionizing Retail Through Personalization and Advanced Analytics – Free White Paper & Webinar

The way people shop has changed considerably in recent years. These days, people comparison shop on the go, receive promotional deals at their fingertips, and all get the information they need to make buying decisions in near real time. If you are in the retail business, you need to get ahead of the curve and… Read more

Load Data Directly from Azure Data Lake into Azure SQL Data Warehouse Using Polybase

Re-posted from the Azure blog. NOTE: This post was updated on Tuesday February 14th 2017, including an update to the title. Azure SQL Data Warehouse (Azure SQL DW, or just SQL DW for short) is a SQL-based fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehousing solution in the cloud. It is highly elastic, enabling you to provision in minutes and scale… Read more

Home Appliances, Vending Machines – Even Cruise Ships – Get an Infusion of Cortana Intelligence & Machine Learning

A quick overview of recent customer case studies involving the application of Microsoft’s AI, Big Data & Machine Learning offerings. Carnival Maritime Predicts Water Consumption on Cruise Ships The Costa Group’s fleet of 26 cruise ships sail all over the world. The industrial equipment on their ships have thousands of sensors that collect data in… Read more