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Speech to Text

Swiftly convert audio to text for natural responsiveness. The Speech to Text API is part of the Speech services.

Speech transcription

Convert spoken audio to text. Call the API to recognize audio coming from the microphone, from other real-time streaming audio sources, or from a recorded audio file. As audio is sent to the server, partial recognition results are returned if requested.

You can use the API to build voice-triggered smart apps. Try the demo to see how it works. Select your target language, then click on the microphone and start speaking. Or simply click on one of the sample speech phrases.*

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To try out the demo with your own voice using a microphone, please change to a different browser with WebRTC support, for example a recent version of Microsoft Edge, Firefox or Chrome.

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Custom speech service: Speech Transcription with Custom Model

Overcome speech recognition barriers such as speaking style, vocabulary, and background noise. Our speech recognition technologies combine multiple APIs to produce the text output. Customers can customize the APIs to their needs and available data.

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Custom Speech

Create custom language models tailored to users’ speaking styles

Don’t let varied vocabularies and speaking styles block understanding. Customize the language model of your app’s speech recognition by tailoring it to your industry expressions, technical, geography or market terms, and even speaker style.

Adapt to user environment with custom acoustic models

Make sure your app’s speech recognition can function in all environments. With custom acoustic models, you can account for background noise and match your users’ expected environments.

Use robust speech models from Microsoft

Enable powerful, personalized speech recognition by building your own customized speech recognition models on top of Microsoft’s existing state-of-the-art models.

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Explore a speech scenario

Intelligent kiosk

Speech services combined with Language Understanding enables apps and users to interact naturally. Use Speech to Text to capture a user’s question, Language Understanding to parse intent and formulate an appropriate reply, and Text to Speech to synthesize the text into a spoken response. Create conversational interfaces for various scenarios like banking, travel, and entertainment.

Commerce chatbot

Kommerciel chatrobotSammen gør Azure Bot Service og en sprogforståelsestjeneste det muligt for udviklere at skabe konversationsgrænseflader til forskellige scenarier såsom bankvirksomhed, rejser og underholdning. F.eks. kan en hotelconcierge forbedre traditionelle e-mail- og telefonopkaldsinteraktioner med en robot ved at validere en kunde via Azure Active Directory og behandle kundeforespørgsler bedre kontekstmæssigt med tekst og tale ved hjælp af Cognitive Services. Talegenkendelsestjenesten kan tilføjes for at understøtte talekommandoer.1237456
  1. Overview
  2. Flow

Together, the Azure Bot Service and Language Understanding service enable developers to create conversational interfaces for various scenarios like banking, travel, and entertainment. For example, a hotel’s concierge can use a bot to enhance traditional e-mail and phone call interactions by validating a customer via Azure Active Directory and using Cognitive Services to better contextually process customer requests using text and voice. The Speech recognition service can be added to support voice commands.

  1. 1 Customer uses your mobile app
  2. 2 Using Azure AD B2C, the user authenticates
  3. 3 Using the custom Application Bot, user requests information
  4. 4 Cognitive Services helps process the natural language request
  5. 5 Response is reviewed by customer who can refine the question using natural conversation
  6. 6 Once the user is happy with the results, the Application Bot updates the customer’s reservation
  7. 7 Application insights gathers runtime telemetry to help development with Bot performance and usage

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