Anaconda, the Python distribution for large-scale data processing, is now included in Microsoft’s Azure Machine Learning service. Microsoft announced on February 18 at the Strata Hadoop World Conference the general availability of Azure ML, including some enhancements to the platform. Microsoft stated “the Python programming language is a first class citizen in Azure Machine Learning Studio,” in their official announcement. Users of Azure ML will be able to utilize the power of the Anaconda distribution, in addition to its libraries.

Azure Machine Learning is a managed cloud service for big data and predictive analytics. Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President of Information Management & Machine Learning at Microsoft, explained that Python is now supported in the service, through Anaconda.

“Now you can use the Anaconda distribution of Python along with its rich ecosystem of libraries such as numpy, scipy, pandas, scikit-learn, etc. directly in Azure Machine Learning Studio. Python developers can easily build sophisticated analytics experiments and create web services in the cloud with a few clicks.”

Continuum Analytics is proud to be a part of this impressive service, and excited to see how the community uses Anaconda in Azure ML.