Microsoft Offers R Server Free to Developers

Microsoft is releasing a free developer edition of its Microsoft R Server, an analytics platform for enterprises based on R, the most popular programming language for statistical computing and predictive analytics. The company has been working to integrate R into its big data products since acquiring Revolution Analytics, a provider of R software and services,…

Microsoft Drops IoT Gauntlet, What Will You Build?

Microsoft, Hackster.io, and Arduino have launched a new contest they are calling “The World’s Largest Arduino Maker Challenge” with prizes for the best combination of Arduino, Windows 10, and Windows Azure.  With more than 1,000 winners receiving a new Arduino MKR1000 board there seems to be plenty of prizes to go around.  The top 3…

Visual Studio Code Goes Open Source and more from Microsoft Connect() 2015

Microsoft is holding it’s 2015 Connect() virtual conference today which was kicked off by a lengthy keynote from Scott Guthrie.  In the keynote there were several new announcements including a sneak peek into Visual Studio 2015 Update 1, new features in Visual Studio Code, and a new model for getting Microsoft developer tools.  Here’s an…

Has Microsoft’s Recent Successes Inspired New Developer Enthusiasm?

For years Microsoft was seen as a corporate monster gobbling up young startups and generally stumbling into markets either too early, as in the case of tablets or too late, as in the case of smart phone hardware.  As a result companies like Apple, Google, and Samsung now rule the consumer electronics space and with them have…

New Microsoft Project Oxford Features including Open Source SDKs

Microsoft has announced new features for their Language Understanding Intelligent Services (the natural language engine that powers Cortana) as it comes into public beta.  New features include Chinese language support, the ability to import and export langage-to-system data as JSON objects, and increased usage of internally built language models.  They have also open sourced the SDK code…

More Azure Announcements from AzureCon

Microsoft held a virtual Azure conference this week and with it came several new announcements for features in Azure.  The virtual conference had sessions viewed by tens of thousands of people all over the world detailing the newest features of Azure.  Here is a quick summary of those announcements. New Azure Regions in India –…

Azure Machine Learning Studio Overview

Microsoft has created a new diagram to help provide an overview of the capabilities and features available in Machine Learning Studio.  For more information, check out this article on MSDN.

Find the Right Machine Learning Algorithm Fast

Wondering which Azure Machine Learning algorithm is right for your problem?  This Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Algorithm cheat sheets steps you through the process of figuring out which algorithm to use to apply Azure’s Machine Learning resources effectively. Get more information and download the PDF version on the Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Documentation site.

Microsoft Details Bridges to Windows Universal Apps

The rather lackluster Day 2 keynote from Build 2015 was short on big announcements as they looked to drive home the message of the power of the Windows Universal Platform including a few more details on the bridges they are building for Web, Android, and iOS developers to move their apps to Windows. Day 2…

Microsoft Continues Push To Win Over Developers at Build 2015

Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella took the stage at Build 2015 today and with a little help from his Microsoft colleagues made the strongest pitch yet for why all developers should build apps for Windows 10. Build 2015 kicked off with a bang today as the three hour long keynote showcased Microsoft’s continued emphasis on empowering…

Amazon Unleashes New Cloud Offerings at AWS Summit

Amazon has announced several new cloud services during their AWS Summit as well as some new features on existing cloud services. Today’s AWS Summit Keynote included announcements for four new cloud services; Amazon EFS (Elastic File System), Amazon Machine Learning, AWS Marketplace for Desktop Apps, and Amazon Workspaces Application Manager.  They also showcased new features for EC2 including…

The Rosetta Stone of Cloud Services: Windows Azure and Amazon Web Services

Want to know if Amazon has a service similar to Azure Active Directory?  Maybe you’re looking to replace your Amazon RDS with Azure SQL Server?  Here’s a rough list of the two cloud vendor services and how they relate to each other. While Microsoft Azure services are named somewhat intuitively, their Amazon counterparts can be…