Azure Cognitive Services

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

What is Azure Cognitive Services?

Cognitive Services brings 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. Enable developers of all skill levels to easily add AI capabilities to their apps with modern application development.

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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

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Azure Cognitive Services

Make smarter decisions faster

Anomaly Detector

Identify potential problems early on.

Content Moderator

Detect potentially offensive or unwanted content.

Metrics Advisor

Monitor metrics and diagnose issues.

Personalizer

Create rich, personalized 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

Detect and translate more than 60 supported languages.

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 analyze content within images, videos, and digital ink

Computer Vision

Analyze content in images and video.

Custom Vision

Customize image recognition to fit your business needs.

Face

Detect and identify people and emotions in images.

Form Recognizer

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

Video Indexer

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

Bing Web Search APIs

We are moving the Bing Search APIs from Cognitive Services Platform to new surface area under Microsoft.com. Existing instances of Bing Search APIs provisioned via Cognitive Services will be continuously supported for next 3 years or till the end of respective Enterprise Agreement, which ever happens first. Starting from October 30, 2020, any new instances of Bing Search Services will need to be provisioned as documented here.

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See how customers are applying Cognitive Services

KPMG helps financial institutions save millions in compliance costs

KPMG uses Cognitive Services to transcribe and catalog thousands of hours of calls, reducing compliance costs for its clients by as much as 80 percent.

KPMG

Volkswagen engages 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.

Volkswagen

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.

Uber

BBC innovates how it delivers trusted content

Using Azure Cognitive Services and Azure Bot Service, the BBC created an end-to-end, customized digital voice assistant that captures its brand identity and helps it establish a new conversational relationship with its broad audiences.

BBC

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.

Minsur

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

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

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 percent of the time. No service-level agreement (SLA) is provided for the Free tier. See SLA details.
  • See the compliance and privacy page for details.

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