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    October 2019

    2 Oct

    Twelve Cognitive Services are available for free with an Azure free account

    Twelve Cognitive Services are now available for free with an Azure free account. Give your apps, websites, and bots the ability to see, understand, and interpret people’s needs using natural methods of communication.

    • Cognitive Services
    • Services

    September 2019

    20 Sep

    Public Preview: Computer Vision releasing 'Read' text extraction feature in containers

    We are releasing our latest text understanding feature , 'Read', in Docker containers for customers to run locally.

    • Cognitive Services
    • Computer Vision
    • Services
    12 Sep

    Azure Cognitive Services Text Analytics—New sentiment analysis capability is now available

    Cognitive Services Text Analytics has a new sentiment analysis capability supporting Japanese and Simplified Chinese languages in addition to the previously announced English language model.

    • Text Analytics
    • Cognitive Services
    • Services

    August 2019

    8 Aug

    Cognitive Services—Azure Active Directory authentication and custom subdomains are now in preview

    Target availability: Q4 2019

    Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) authentication allows you to authenticate to Cognitive Services using Azure AD or user principals. This capability provides greater flexibility for managing access to Cognitive Services and makes it easier to use existing policies for credential rotation and to enforce custom password standards.

    • Cognitive Services
    • Features
    • Security
    • Services

    July 2019

    26 Jul

    Cognitive Services Form Recognizer Name Changes

    Effective September 1, 2019, the meter names of Cognitive Services Form Recognizer Pre-built and Custom will change.

    • Cognitive Services
    • Services
    23 Jul

    Cognitive Services Speech US Gov Resource GUID Change

    Effective September 2, 2019, the Resource GUIDs (also known as Meter IDs) of Custom Speech endpoint hosting in Speech Services for US Gov region will change.

    • Cognitive Services
    • Services
    15 Jul

    Cognitive Services Form Recognizer prebuilt capability

    Form Recognizer learns the structure of your forms to intelligently extract text and data.

    • Cognitive Services
    • Features
    10 Jul

    Cognitive Services Text Analytics sentiment v3 available in public preview

    The latest release of the Text Analytics API's sentiment capability (v3) provides a significant improvement in detecting positive, neutral, and negative sentiment of text documents. It is available in public preview Central Canada, East Asia, and Central US.

    • Cognitive Services
    • Text Analytics
    • Features
    • Services

    June 2019

    20 Jun

    Public Preview: Immersive Reader, an Azure Cognitive Service

    Immersive Reader is an Azure Cognitive Service for developers who want to embed inclusive capabilities into their apps for enhancing text reading and comprehension for users regardless of age or ability.

    • Cognitive Services
    • Services
    6 Jun

    Cognitive Services Text Analytics' Named Entity Recognition is now available

    We are happy to announce the general availability of Named Entity Recognition supporting English and Spanish languages as part of Azure Cognitive Services Text Analytics API.

    • Text Analytics
    • Cognitive Services
    • Services

    April 2019

    2 Apr

    Anomaly Detector is now available

    Anomaly Detector, a new service within Azure Cognitive Services, is now available for developers. Easily embed anomaly detection capabilities into your apps to quickly identify problems and help minimize loss and customer impact.

    • Cognitive Services
    • Services
    2 Apr

    Cognitive Services Custom Vision is now available

    Easily customize your own state-of-the-art computer vision models for your unique use case. Just upload a few labeled images and let Custom Vision Service do the hard work. With just one click, you can export trained models to be run on a device or as Docker containers.

    • Cognitive Services
    • Services

    January 2019

    18 Jan

    Azure Cognitive Services Custom Speech Model Hosting resource GUID change

    Effective April 1, 2019, the resource GUIDs and the unit of measure for Azure Cognitive Services Custom Speech Model Hosting will change.

    • Cognitive Services
    • Services

    December 2018

    19 Dec

    Cognitive Services Speech Services neural text-to-speech capability is in preview

    Cognitive Services Speech Services now offers a neural text-to-speech capability in preview. Use this capability to deploy voices to apps that are nearly indistinguishable from the human voice.

    • Cognitive Services
    • Text to Speech
    • Services
    11 Dec

    Connect Cognitive Services subscription to enable unlimited skillset execution

    Starting December 21, 2018, you’ll be able to associate your Cognitive Services subscription with an Azure Search skillset. The skillset execution will be charged as part of the Cognitive Services subscription. On December 21, 2018, we’ll also begin charging for image extraction as part of our document-cracking stage. Text extraction from documents will continue to be offered at no additional cost.

    • Cognitive Services
    • Azure Search
    • Services
    4 Dec

    Custom Translation capability of Text Translator

    Announcing general availability of custom translation capability in Translator Text Cognitive Service

    • Cognitive Services
    • Translator Text
    • Features
    • Microsoft Connect
    4 Dec

    Language Understanding Container Support: Preview

    Announcing Language Understanding Cognitive Service Container Support in Preview

    • Cognitive Services
    • Language Understanding
    • Features
    • Microsoft Connect

    November 2018

    14 Nov

    Azure Cognitive Services Containers are in preview

    Deploy Azure Cognitive Services on-premises and on the edge with container support in Cognitive Services. Cognitive Services containers allow developers to use the same intelligent APIs that are available in Azure, but with the flexibility that comes with Docker containers.

    • Cognitive Services
    • Services
    14 Nov

    Azure Cognitive Services new enhancements

    New enhancements include Logo Detection in Custom Vision Service and Translation improvements.

    • Cognitive Services
    • Services

    October 2018

    17 Oct

    Azure Cognitive Services available in new regions

    New regions are now available for Azure Cognitive Services. The Content Moderator, Computer Vision, Face, Translator Text, and Language Understanding (LUIS) Services are now generally available in US Government regions.

    • Cognitive Services
    • Services

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