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Microsoft Chases General AI with New Research Group

Jul 12, 2017 |

Microsoft today unveiled Microsoft Research AI, a new research and incubation hub that’s slated to take on some of artificial intelligence’s biggest challenges, including the creation of a general AI, the field’s Holy Grail. Read more…

Tumultuous Times for BI and Analytic Tool Vendors

Feb 10, 2016 |

My, what a week it was for business intelligence (BI) and analytic tools. First, industry darling Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) lost half its market capitalization following earnings that disappointed Wall Street, which quickly punished competitors Qlik (NASDAQ: Read more…

Microsoft Releases Deep Learning Toolkit

Jan 25, 2016 |

Microsoft has released to the open source community a set of internal GPU-powered tools designed to boost the performance of artificial intelligence technology used for computer speech recognition.

In a blog post, Microsoft (NASDAQ: Read more…

Microsoft Delves Deeper Into Worker Analytics

Sep 4, 2015 |

The universe of data analytics categories continues to expand, and Microsoft said it is again buying into one of the newest: organizational analytics.

The office software giant announced Thursday (Sept. Read more…

Microsoft Unites Analytics Under ‘Cortana,’ Adds Spark Support

Jul 13, 2015 |

Microsoft today unveiled a new suite of hosted analytic services named after Cortana, the software giant’s personal assistant software for smartphones. Meanwhile, the company is prepping to begin support for Apache Spark on Azure, its public cloud platform. Read more…

NOAA Launches Big Data Project

May 6, 2015 |

A big data project launched by the U.S. Commerce Department brings together major cloud analytics vendors and the Open Cloud Consortium to develop infrastructure needed to access the more than 20 terabytes of satellite weather data generated each day. Read more…

Microsoft Scales Data Lake into Exabyte Territory

Apr 29, 2015 |

Microsoft today announced its Azure Data Lake, an HDFS-compatible data repository designed to store vast amounts of structured and unstructured data for customers who want to analyze or explore it later with their choice of tools. Read more…

Big Data So Easy a Caveman Could Do It?

Feb 26, 2015 |

Let’s face it: big data isn’t easy. If you’re building a big data application today, you’re up to your eyeballs in things like R and Java, MapReduce and Pig, and Storm and Kafka. Read more…

Microsoft Readies Major Push Into Big Data

Feb 2, 2015 |

Microsoft has a lot of irons in the fire. Always has and always will. But judging from its recent acquisition of Revolution Analytics, the early success of its hosted machine learning service, and the forthcoming public launch of a MapReduce analog called “Cosmos,” Read more…

Can Microsoft Become the McDonald’s of Hadoop?

Nov 5, 2013 |Microsoft last month officially took the wraps off its Hadoop service, dubbed Windows Azure HDInsight Service. Now that the Hortonworks-based offering is GA, Microsoft is gearing up its incredibly audacious plan to reach no fewer than one billion users with its big data platform. Has Microsoft lost it? Or is the plan just crazy enough to work? Read more…