Apache Spark enhancements are on the way, as are a whole host of new products. Microsoft's cloud-based big data offering HDInsight is being handed some new capabilities, but that's not the only thing that users will be looking forward to. The Azure hosted service, which is based off Apache Hadoop, HBase, Spark, Microsoft R Server and more, is having its pricing restructured across a number of product areas. First up is an up to 52% price reduction in Azure HDInsight, which will include the replacement of the Premium cluster tier with the Enterprise Security Package. Microsoft's bumper Christmas savings bonanza also includes an additional 80% price reduction for R Server for Azure HDInsight.