As this is a major release, you’ll need to re-install any packages you were using (and perhaps wait a little while until package authors make any compatibility fixes needed for version 3.3.0). If you’re on the Windows platform, Tal Galili’s installr package automates the process for you. If you are using the checkpoint package (on any platform) you can simply increment the checkpoint date to anytime after May 2, 2016.
(For Microsoft R Open users, the next version to be released will be MRO 3.2.5, and MRO 3.3.0 will follow soon thereafter.)
For more information about R 3.3.0, including the detailed list of changes and bug fixes, follow the link to the announcement from the R Core Group below.
R Tools for Visual Studio, the open-source extenstion to Visual Studio that provides an IDE for the R language, has been upgraded to include several new features.
The latest update, RTVS 0.3, now includes:
An R package manager, allowing you to review, install, and uninstall packages using a convenient user interface.
The Variable Explorer now allows you to open data-frames for viewing in an Excel workbook.
New toolbar buttons to run selected code, source the current script, import data from a URL or file, and start/stop a Shiny app.
This is a great time to get interested in R. If you’re familiar with Visual Studio, Microsoft is making great strides toward integrating things nicely.