Posit - Why RStudio Is Changing Its Name

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RStudio has officially announced a name change from RStudio to <b>Posit</b>.  <h2>Why did RStudio change its name to Posit?</h2> For the past few years, Posit (formerly RStudio) has been shifting from R-exclusive tooling to a language agnostic ecosystem. Much to our enjoyment, we’ve seen the RStudio IDE grow to be more <a href="https://solutions.rstudio.com/python/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Python-friendly</a> and the Posit data science ecosystem become “<a href="https://www.rstudio.com/solutions/r-and-python/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A Single Home for R & Python</a>.” The name that was synonymous with open source R development is re-branding to represent the business as a whole better.  So, what does this mean for RStudio product users? Well, besides a brighter future filled with more capabilities - not much in the short-term. There will be a rebranding of tools and commercial products: <ul><li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1">RStudio Connect = Posit Connect</li><li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1">RStudio Workbench = Posit Workbench</li><li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1">RStudio Package Manager = Posit Package Manager</li></ul> But overall, Posit will not be shifting away from R. So don’t worry, RStudio IDE will still be around and the leaders in open source R development aren’t slowing down. In a <a href="https://www.infoworld.com/article/3668252/rstudio-changes-name-to-posit-expands-focus-to-include-python-and-vs-code.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">press release by Sharon Machlis</a>, Hadley Wickham, RStudio’s chief scientist, was quoted as saying, “We’re not pivoting from R to Python.”  Hadley put us all at ease by continuing, “..I’m not going to stop writing R code” and later declaring "I'm not going to learn Python." And although RStudio is looking to balance out the share of engineers working on R with other development over time, the majority of work will remain R-related.  <h2>What is Posit?</h2> <a href="https://www.rstudio.com/blog/rstudio-is-becoming-posit/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Posit, PBC</a> is the new corporate name of the company formerly known as RStudio, PBC. It is a rebranding that reflects the expansion into Python and VS Code, among other things.  The new name opens up the company to step out of its surficial typecasting as an R-only company. Posit can continue to grow the RStudio IDE while moving out of its beloved shadow that cemented 'RStudio' as the premier R IDE. With the rebranding, Posit is moving faster toward what RStudio was already well on its way to becoming:  <blockquote>The bridge to better data science.</blockquote> With a new name and tantalizing plans for the future, that bridge is open for expansion and here at <a href="https://www.appsilon.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Appsilon</a>, we are so excited.  Posit’s services and commercial software are still the same, powerful tools as before; with the same support for more than just R. If your enterprise is looking to scale up and build better data products, Posit is the answer.  <p class="graf graf--p">P.S. — If you missed the rstudio::conf(2022) keynote from Joe Cheng, check out <a class="markup--anchor markup--p-anchor" href="https://shiny.rstudio.com/py/" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-href="https://shiny.rstudio.com/py/">Shiny for Python</a>. Or is it P/Shiny for all you R/Shiny users? ;)</p> <a href="http://appsilon.com/rstudio-certified-partner/#contact" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Contact Appsilon</a>, a <a href="http://appsilon.com/rstudio-certified-partner/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Posit (RStudio) Certified Partner and reseller</a> to learn more.

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