Mircosoft has taken a bold step that has received accolades from all around the globe. The software giant has decided to make its top-tier cross-platform frameworks for machine learning free of cost for everyone.
In an official statement, Yordon Zaykov, Principal Research Software Engineering Lead at Microsoft wrote that “We’re extremely excited today to open source Infer.NET on GitHub under the permissive MIT license for free use in commercial applications.”
The Microsoft Research Team said that open sourcing of Infer.NET is a culmination of a long and ambitious journey. This was initially embarked on developing the framework in Cambridge 2004. The team further added that during the journey they learned a lot about the Machine learning solutions that are extremely scalable and interpretable and they have revealed a lot about them in their statement.
“Infer.NET initially was envisioned as a research tool, and we released it for academic use in 2008. As a result, there have been hundreds of papers published using the framework across a variety of fields, everything from information retrieval to healthcare… Over time, the framework has evolved from a research tool to being the ML engine in a number of Microsoft products in Office, Xbox, and Azure.”
Moreover, the Infer.NET team is consistently putting their efforts to engage with the open source community in developing and growing the framework further. Microsoft has already taken many steps towards integration with ML.NET, and these consistent efforts make the Infer.NET part of ML.NET(the machine learning framework for .NET developers). Infer.NET being the part of ML.NET will be used in statistical modeling and online learning.
A few Months earlier, Microsoft submerged the integrated Python, a programming language which was widely accepted by many researchers, statisticians, data scientists, and data analyst.