What is Azure Cognitive Services?
Cognitive Services brings AI within reach of every developer and data scientist. With leading models, a variety of use cases can be unlocked. All it takes is an API call to embed the ability to see, hear, speak, search, understand, and accelerate advanced decision-making into your apps. Enable developers and data scientists of all skill levels to easily add AI capabilities to their apps.
See how to deploy AI solutions for various use cases using the programming languages you already know.
Explore the benefits of Cognitive Services
Use customizable, pretrained models built with breakthrough AI research.
Deploy Cognitive Services anywhere from the cloud to the edge with containers.
Empower responsible use with industry-leading tools and guidelines.
Azure Cognitive Services
Improve customer experiences with Cognitive Service for Speech
Transcribe audible speech into readable, searchable text.
Convert text to lifelike speech for more natural interfaces.
Integrate real-time speech translation into your apps.
Identify and verify the people speaking based on audio.
Understand conversations and unstructured text with Cognitive Service for Language
Identify commonly-used and domain-specific terms.
Automatically detect sentiments and opinions from text.
Distill information into easy-to-navigate questions and answers.
Conversational language understanding
Enable your apps to interact with users through natural language.
Translate more than 100 languages and dialects.
Identify and analyze content within images and videos
Azure Cognitive Services for Vision
Identify and analyze content within images and videos.
Customize image recognition to fit your business needs.
Make smarter decisions faster
Identify potential problems early on.
Detect potentially offensive or unwanted content.
Create rich, personalized experiences for every user.
Dynamic language models to power your apps
Apply advanced coding and language models to a variety of use cases.
Build your own Azure AI solutions
Learn essential AI concepts, get hands-on experience, and explore the latest AI products with resources designed specifically for practitioners.
Explore the whole family of Azure AI services
Build mission-critical AI solutions responsibly and on your terms with Azure AI services.
Azure Applied AI Services
Combine the AI models from Azure Cognitive Services with task-specific AI, built-in business logic, programming, orchestration, and customization to bring you ready-to-deploy AI solutions.
Azure Machine Learning
Build, deploy, and manage machine-learning models with tools that make machine learning accessible regardless of your skill level.
Comprehensive security and compliance, built in
Microsoft invests more than USD$1 billion annually on cybersecurity research and development.
We employ more than 3,500 security experts who are dedicated to data security and privacy.
Get started with an Azure free account
After your credit, move to pay as you go to keep building with the same free services. Pay only if you use more than your free monthly amounts.
See how customers are applying Cognitive Services
Accelerating innovation with Cognitive Services
Airbus uses Anomaly Detector in containers to monitor the health of its aircraft and fix potential problems before they occur, and to simplify pilot training with speech-enabled chatbots.
Helping financial institutions save millions
KPMG uses Cognitive Services to transcribe and catalog thousands of calls, reducing compliance costs for its clients by as much as 80 percent.
Engaging global customers with real-time translation
Volkswagen uses Cognitive Services for high-quality real-time translations, enabling the company to better engage its global customer base.
Facial recognition boosts platform security
Uber uses Cognitive Services to safeguard against fraud by helping to ensure that the driver using the app matches the account on file.
Innovating delivery of trusted content
The BBC used Azure Cognitive Services and Bot Service to create an end-to-end, customized digital voice assistant that captures its brand identity and helps it establish a new conversational relationship with its broad audience.
Insurer boosts customer experience
Progressive Insurance used Azure AI to create an engaging customer experience with a chatbot.
O'Reilly: Building Intelligent Apps with Cognitive APIs
Fuel App Innovation with Cloud AI Services
Documentation, training, and resources
Documentation and blogs
Get up and running with Cognitive Services by exploring these introductory resources.
Cognitive Services in containers
Learn how to start building intelligent apps with step-by-step guidance from Microsoft Learn.
Cognitive Services 30-day learning journey
Community and Azure support
Ask questions and get support from Microsoft engineers and Azure community experts.
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Frequently asked questions about Cognitive Services
We guarantee that Cognitive Services will be available at least 99.9 percent of the time. No SLA is provided for the Free tier. See SLA details.