Cognitive Services

A comprehensive family of AI services and cognitive APIs to help you build intelligent apps

What is Azure Cognitive Services?

Cognitive Services bring AI within reach of every developer – without requiring machine-learning expertise. All it takes is an API call to embed the ability to see, hear, speak, search, understand and accelerate decision-making into your apps.

Explore the benefits of Cognitive Services

Apply AI to more scenarios with the most comprehensive portfolio of domain-specific AI capabilities on the market.

Build confidently with the first AI services to achieve human parity in computer vision, speech and language.

Deploy Cognitive Services anywhere from the cloud to the edge with containers.

Azure Cognitive Services

Make smarter decisions faster

Anomaly detector

Identify potential problems early on.

Content moderator

Detect potentially offensive or unwanted content.

Personaliser

Create rich, personalised experiences for every user.

Extract meaning from unstructured text

Immersive Reader

Help readers of all abilities comprehend text using audio and visual cues.

Language Understanding

Build natural language understanding into apps, bots and IoT devices.

QnA Maker

Create a conversational question and answer layer over your data.

Text Analytics

Detect sentiment, key phrases and named entities.

Translator Text

Detect and translate more than 60 supported languages. Integrate real-time speech translation into your apps.

Integrate speech processing into apps and services

Speech-to-Text

Transcribe audible speech into readable, searchable text.

Text to Speech

Convert text to lifelike speech for more natural interfaces.

Speech translation

Integrate real-time speech translation into your apps.

Speaker Recognition

Identify and verify the people speaking based on audio.

Identify and analyse content within images, videos and digital ink

Computer Vision

Analyse content in images.

Custom Vision

Customise image recognition to fit your business needs.

Face

Detect and identify people and emotions in images.

Form Recogniser

Extract text, key-value pairs and tables from documents.

Ink Recogniser

Recognise digital ink and handwriting, and pinpoint common shapes.

Video Indexer

Analyse the visual and audio channels of a video, and index its content.

Find what you’re looking for from the world-wide-web

Bing Autosuggest

Help users complete queries faster by adding intelligent type-ahead capabilities

Bing Custom Search

Create a custom search engine with ad-free results.

Bing Entity Search

Recognise and classify named entities, and find search results based on them.

Bing Image Search

Add a variety of search image options to your app.

Bing News Search

Turn any app into a news search resource.

Bing Spell Check

Help users identify and fix word breaks, slang, names, homonyms and brands.

Bing Video Search

Add advanced video search features to your app.

Bing Visual Search

Enable users to search using images.

Bing Web Search

Enable safe, ad-free, location-aware search for your users, surfacing relevant information from web results, images, news, videos and visuals.

See how customers are applying Cognitive Services

Uber boosts platform security with facial recognition

Uber uses Cognitive Services to safeguard against fraud by helping to ensure that the driver using the app matches the account on file.

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Uber

Jet.com finds answers faster for its customers

Jet.com uses Cognitive Services to infuse its customer care chatbot with the intelligence to communicate using natural language.

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Jet.com

Mine operator increases sustainability by applying custom computer vision

Minsur uses Cognitive Services to more closely monitor the sustainability of its process for transforming polluted water into an agricultural resource.

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Minsur

Global mobile company translates opportunity into success

The CM Translator device from Cheetah Mobile breaks down language barriers by translating conversations in real time with the click of a button.

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Cheetah Mobile

Seattle Against Slavery combats human trafficking and saves lives – at cloud scale

This non-profit uses Cognitive Services to help like-minded organisations connect with trafficking victims, disrupt exploitation and save lives.

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Seattle Against Slavery

Documentation, training and resources

Documentation and e-books

Get up and running with Cognitive Services by exploring these introductory resources.

Learning modules

Learn how to start building intelligent apps with step-by-step guidance from Microsoft Learn.

Community and Azure support

Ask questions and get support from Microsoft engineers and Azure community experts.

Frequently asked questions about Cognitive Services

  • Cognitive Services is available in several regions around the world. See availability by region
  • We guarantee that Cognitive Services will be available at least 99.9% of the time. No SLA is provided for the free tier. See SLA details
  • The privacy and security of your data is paramount. See compliance offerings and privacy details

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