Anaconda, Microsoft Partner Up
October 22, 2021
Anaconda started a collaboration with Microsoft to enable customers to
confidently access Anaconda’s curated library of open-source packages within
Microsoft Cloud-hosted products and services, including Azure services like
Azure Machine Learning, as well as GitHub services such as GitHub Codespaces and
GitHub Actions, without the requirement of a separate license1.
“We are committed to making it easy to use Anaconda everywhere and that includes
inside Microsoft’s cloud,” said Peter Wang, CEO and co-founder of Anaconda. “By
combining Anaconda’s package dependency manager and curated open-source
repository with Microsoft’s cloud products, data scientists and developers can
use tools they know and trust with the peace of mind that they do not have to
worry about additional licensing.”
Organizations that capitalize on the innovation from thousands of makers and
contributors in the open-source community have a competitive advantage and are
able to accelerate projects that would typically take years. This collaboration
expands the availability of key open-source data science tools across platforms
and sets enterprises up for greater success by making it simpler for users to
focus on end results.
packages have been the biggest enabler for data science we’ve seen in recent
years,” said Mark Russinovich, chief technology officer and technical fellow,
Microsoft Azure. “Being able to offer a set of trusted tools from Anaconda will
empower our customers through every stage of the data science journey on
In addition, Anaconda supports establishing an industry-standard software bill
of materials (SBOM) format to enable complete visibility and accurate
identification of software components. As part of this collaboration, Anaconda
has committed to providing Microsoft with a standard SBOM, using Software
Package Data Exchange (SPDX®) specifications, which will allow Microsoft to
verify the components, licensing, and provenance of open-source packages and
libraries in the Anaconda repository.
Together, the two partners are looking forward to bringing open-source
innovation to the enterprise while helping ensure a seamless experience for data
scientists and developers to do their work.