Microsoft announced its Revolution Analytics purchase on January 23, just a couple of days ahead of Microsoft's second quarter FY 2015 earnings report, which is happening this coming Monday, January 26.
Revolution Analytics provides an "enterprise-class platform" for developing and deploying R-based analytic solutions that can scale across large data warehouses and Hadoop systems, and which can integrate with enterprise systems, according to Microsoft's blog post. Revolution R customers include banks, financial services organizations, pharmaceutical companies, consulting companies, and manufacturing and technology companies.
Revolution Analytics company contributes to open source R projects such as ParallelR and RHadoop, as well. Microsoft will continue to support and evolve the open source and commercial distributions of Revolution R across multiple operating systems, including Mac and Linux, Microsoft officials said.