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July 2020

8 Jul

Neural Text to Speech expands to new languages

NOW AVAILABLE

Neural Text to Speech is expanding language support, with 15 new natural-sounding voices that feature state-of-the-art neural speech synthesis models:

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Features
8 Jul

Text Analytics for health is now available in preview

IN PREVIEW

The health feature of Text Analytics uses natural language processing techniques to find and label valuable information in unstructured clinical documents such as doctor’s notes, discharge summaries, clinical documents, and electronic health records.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Text Analytics
  • Features
8 Jul

Custom Commands is now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Streamline the process for creating task-oriented voice applications with Custom Commands (now generally available).

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Features

May 2020

30 May

Azure Text Analytics—Opinion mining is now available in preview

IN PREVIEW

Opinion mining is now available in preview. A feature of sentiment analysis, it provides more granular information on the opinions related to aspects of a product or service mentioned in a review.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Text Analytics
  • Features
29 May

Azure Text Analytics v3 is now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Text Analytics v3 with sentiment analysis, key phrase extraction, language detection, and named entity recognition capabilities, as well as model version controls, is now generally available.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Text Analytics
  • Features
  • SDK and Tools
19 May

New Cognitive Services capabilities are now available in preview

IN PREVIEW

New Cognitive Services capabilities are now available in preview.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Features
  • Microsoft Build
  • Services
19 May

New Cognitive Services capabilities are now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

New Cognitive Services capabilities are now generally available.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Computer Vision
  • QnA Maker
  • Speaker Recognition
  • Text Analytics
  • Features
  • Microsoft Build
  • Services

February 2020

24 Feb

Azure Cognitive Services Computer Vision Read API v3.0 now in preview

Target availability: Q1 2020

Cognitive Services Computer Vision Read API of is now available in v3.0 (in preview). Read features the newest models for optical character recognition (OCR), allowing you to extract text from printed and handwritten documents.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Computer Vision
  • Features
11 Feb

Azure Cognitive Services—New types added to Named Entity Recognition v3

IN PREVIEW

The Named Entity Recognition (NER) v3 service (in preview) of Cognitive Services Text Analytics now has new entity types available, expanding the detection of general and personal information entities found in text.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Text Analytics
  • Services
1 Feb

Azure Cognitive Services Translator Text—Five new languages added

NOW AVAILABLE

Translator Text now supports five new languages—Irish, Punjabi, Malayalam, Kannada, and Portuguese (Portugal).

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Translator
  • Services

November 2019

21 Nov

Azure Cognitive Services Translator Text— Maori language now available

NOW AVAILABLE

Target availability: Q4 2019

Translator Text now supports the Maori language.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Translator
  • Services
13 Nov

Migrate from Bing Speech to Speech Services and the Speech SDK by January 14, 2020

Target retirement date: January 14, 2020

We’re extending the Bing Speech retirement date to January 14, 2020.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Retirements
  • Services
5 Nov

Azure Cognitive Services Text Analytics—New languages added to sentiment analysis

IN PREVIEW

Target availability: Q4 2019

Cognitive Services Text Analytics' sentiment analysis v3 now supports 10 languages including English, Japanese, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, German, and Dutch.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Text Analytics
  • Features
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • Services
4 Nov

Azure Cognitive Services capabilities are now in preview

IN PREVIEW

The following Azure Cognitive Services capabilities are now in preview—Custom Neural Voice capability Custom Speech with Office 365 data Text Analytics; Sentiment Analysis 3.0 Text Analytics; Expanded Entity Type Support in Entities 3.0 endpoint Text Analytics; Personally Identifiable Information support in Entities 3.0 endpoint.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Text Analytics
  • Microsoft Ignite

October 2019

2 Oct

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

NOW AVAILABLE

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.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Services

September 2019

20 Sep

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

IN PREVIEW

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

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Computer Vision
  • Services
12 Sep

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

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
  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Services

August 2019

8 Aug

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

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.

  • Azure 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.

  • Azure 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.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Services

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