Now available in preview: R Server inside Azure HDInsight 

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This week at Strata + Hadoop World, Microsoft announced the availability of R Server inside Azure HDInsight, Microsoft’s managed Hadoop-as-a-service part of Azure Data Lake. R is a very popular programming language that helps millions of data scientists solve their most challenging problems in fields ranging from computational biology to quantitative marketing. R Server for Read more

SocialDice: Revolutionizing talent recruitment in the the Middle East 

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For rapidly-growing, Middle Eastern small- to medium-sized businesses, hiring the best employees is a challenge. Both busy employers and ambitious talent find the existing job boards slow and cumbersome. In response, start-up SocialDice has made the process easy, intelligent, and fun by aggregating regional job boards in one place and using a proprietary smart algorithm Read more

Now on GitHub: Windows Azure Pack Connector 

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Today the Microsoft IT team released the Windows Azure Pack Connector, a solution for Azure Pack, that provides a “single pane of glass” virtual machine (VM) administration experience, where users can create and manage both private cloud VMs and public Azure cloud subscriptions and VMs. The connector was developed based on feedback from partners, who Read more

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Microsoft to acquire Xamarin, a leader in mobile app development 

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Yesterday, Microsoft announced an agreement to acquire Xamarin, a leading platform provider for mobile app development. In conjunction with Visual Studio, Xamarin provides a rich mobile development offering that enables developers to build mobile apps using C# and deliver fully native mobile app experiences to all major devices – including iOS, Android, and Windows. Recently Read more

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Now available: Azure Container Service preview 

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In today’s cloud-first world, businesses increasingly rely on applications to fuel innovation and productivity. We are seeing more and more technologies that are specifically designed for the cloud to take advantage of the associated flexibility and scalability it allows. Containers are emerging as an attractive way for developers to quickly and efficiently build and deploy Read more

Red Hat Enterprise Linux now available in the Azure Marketplace 

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Starting today, customers can deploy on-demand Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) instances from the Azure Marketplace, where now more than 60% of the images are Linux-based. Since last November’s joint Red Hat partnership announcement, customers have been able to migrate their Red Hat subscriptions to Microsoft Azure. Today’s release provides customers with even greater choice Read more

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Making R the Enterprise Standard for Cross-Platform Analytics 

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Last year Microsoft acquired Revolution Analytics, the leading commercial provider of software and services for R, an open source, statistical programming language that’s widely used for statistical computing and predictive analytics. Since then, there has been a steady cadence of updates to Revolution R Open and Revolution R Enterprise, as well as the integration of Read more

Updates to Node.js SDK for Azure Mobile Apps 

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Last fall, Microsoft announced the first alpha release for the Node.js SDK for Azure App Service Mobile Apps. Since then, the Azure team has been busy enhancing the SDK with user feedback, to make it easier to build and run mobile backends using Node.js on App Service. From a Yeoman generator to more samples on Read more

Microsoft releases CNTK, its open source deep learning toolkit 

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Microsoft released its Computational Network Toolkit (CNTK) on GitHub, making the tools that its own researchers use to speed up advances in artificial intelligence available to a broader group of developers. Xuedong Huang, Microsoft’s chief speech scientist, and his team were anxious to make faster improvements to how well computers can understand speech, and the Read more

Microsoft open sources Edge’s Chakra JavaScript engine 

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Today, Microsoft open sourced the key components of the Chakra JavaScript engine that powers Microsoft Edge. The ChakraCore repository is available today on GitHub and provides a fully supported and open source JavaScript engine, with the same characteristics as Microsoft Edge’s Chakra engine, to embed in projects, innovate on top of and contribute back to. Chakra Read more

With new partnership, Red Hat and Microsoft open up the cloud for customers 

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This morning Microsoft and Red Hat announced an exciting partnership that will help customers embrace hybrid cloud computing and provide greater choice and flexibility for customers who want to deploy Red Hat solutions on Microsoft Azure. Openness is essential to our customers and partners and Microsoft continues to invest in delivering an open cloud platform Read more