This post is authored by Roope Astala, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft.

We are thrilled to announce the support for multiple versions of R and Python in Azure ML.

As a data scientist building new models in R or Python, you often want to use the latest runtime and package versions which have the newest features and bug fixes. Meanwhile, you might have existing production models that you have to maintain and that rely on older versions.

Until recently, Azure ML solved the latter part of this problem: it provided a stable, backwards-compatible runtime for your R and Python models, both for experimentation and operationalization as a web service. However, you were limited to a single version of each runtime and packages that were compatible with that runtime.

Now Azure ML provides support for multiple R and Python versions. You can choose a newer version when building a new experiment, or you can update existing scripts to run under a newer version. Or you can keep using an old version if your legacy model depends on it. The supported versions include:

Azure ML adds support for multiple R & Python Versions, Including Microsoft R Open & Python 3
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