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Another Love/Hate relationship ... Msft Entry into "R" universe RRS feed

  • General discussion

  • Has Msft overstepped? or understepped/underestimated?  the R open source world with its foray into "R" universe?

    The latest R version from CRAN is 3.3.2 (Sincere Pumpkin Patch) 2016-10-31

    However Msft R Server still stuck on R version 3.2.2 (Fire Safety) 2015-08-14  ... with no apparent open update path ... typically Msft via Help > Update

    Installing CRAN R version 3.3.2 does not update Msft R Server (RGui)

    FURTHERMORE ...

    The Microsoft R product family includes:

    • Microsoft R Server  ... (R intrepreter) ... Installation option from SQL2016 CD  ... as R Services in SQL Server 2016
    • Microsoft R Client  ...   (R interpreter) ... from DEV standpoint essentially same as R Server
    • Microsoft R Open  ...   (R interpreter) ... from DEV standpoint essentially same as R Server ... the enhanced distribution of R from Microsoft.
    • SQL Server R Services  ... (In Database) ... SQL Server Launchpad (MSSQLSERVER)
      ... is this different / exclusive from Microsoft R Server?  ...  this allows integration of T-SQL with R
    • R Tools for Visual Studio  ... plugin for SSDT ... nice thus far

    SSDT Msft R Server missing from Help>About list ... why?

    For Discussion -

    1. Does anyone else find this multiple offerings a bit confusing?  I've installed them all and realize for developing and testing R scripts I only needed to have CRAN-R and perhaps R Tools for Visual Studio (however I'm not sure is RTVS will work with Msft R stuff).
    2. Do we expect Msft to keep pace with R versions? ... already I have run into compatibility issues with loading R packages into Msft R


    SOTATS, Inc.

    Sunday, November 6, 2016 11:57 PM

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  • Here is the product comparison from my Windows 10 machine with latest versions that I could find for each ... notice there are only a very few differences and they are little differences:

    Microsoft R Server
    R version 3.2.2 (2015-08-14) -- "Fire Safety"
    Copyright (C) 2015 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing
    Platform: x86_64-w64-mingw32/x64 (64-bit)
    ....
    Microsoft R Server version 8.0 (64-bit):
    Microsoft packages Copyright (C) 2016 Microsoft Corporation

    Type 'readme()' for release notes.
    >

    Microsoft R Client
    R version 3.2.2 (2015-08-14) -- "Fire Safety"
    Copyright (C) 2015 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing
    Platform: x86_64-w64-mingw32/x64 (64-bit)
    ....
    Microsoft R Open 3.2.2
    The enhanced R distribution from Microsoft
    Microsoft packages Copyright (C) 2016 Microsoft Corporation
    >

    Microsoft R Open
    R version 3.3.1 (2016-06-21) -- "Bug in Your Hair"
    Copyright (C) 2016 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing
    Platform: x86_64-w64-mingw32/x64 (64-bit)
    ....
    Microsoft R Open 3.3.1
    The enhanced R distribution from Microsoft
    Microsoft packages Copyright (C) 2016 Microsoft Corporation

    Using the Intel MKL for parallel mathematical computing(using 2 cores).
    Default CRAN mirror snapshot taken on 2016-07-01. See: https://mran.microsoft.com/.
    >

    CRAN R
    R version 3.3.2 (2016-10-31) -- "Sincere Pumpkin Patch"
    Copyright (C) 2016 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing
    Platform: x86_64-w64-mingw32/x64 (64-bit)
    >


    SOTATS, Inc.

    Monday, November 7, 2016 12:04 AM
  • I'm not sure why I would choose MS Open R over CRAN R.  I'm more interested in the ScaleR package and whether MS is going to aggressively develop new functionality or just incorporate it into Azure and let the server product languish...
    Wednesday, November 16, 2016 7:09 PM