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"I am incredibly excited about Revolution Analytics technology and employees joining Microsoft. I firmly believe that we are at the threshold of a revolution in information technology driven by the use of statistics and scientific analyses on big data." Joseph Sirosh - Corporate Vice President, Machine Learning, Microsoft

Byline: Frederic Lardinois

Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Revolution Analytics, an open-source analytics company with a strong focus on the highly popular R programming language for statistical computing. Microsoft says that it made this acquisition “to help more companies use the power of R and data science to unlock big data insights with advanced analytics.” The two companies did not disclose the financial details of the transaction.

Revolution Analytics offers a number of tools around the R language. Like many open-source projects, it offers many of them for free and then charges for things like consulting, technical support, training and indemnification packages. The company also offers an enterprise extension to R that allows for parallelized analytics and a cloud-based service that is available on demand through Amazon’s AWS Marketplace.

Revolution Analytics has raised just under $38 million since it was founded in 2007. Its investors include Intel Capital and North Bridge Venture Partners.

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