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November 2020

Nov 17

Cognitive Services Speech adds new Neural TTS voices and general availability of Neural TTS in containers

IN PREVIEW

Speech service adds 10 new neural Text to Speech (TTS) voices and announces general availability of Neural TTS in containers.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Text to Speech
  • Features
Nov 9

QnA Maker introduces deep learning (Public Preview)

IN PREVIEW

The next version of QnA Maker introduces state-of-art deep learning technologies and advances several core capabilities like better relevance and precise answering.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • QnA Maker
  • Features

October 2020

Oct 20

Azure Cognitive Services Translator — Canadian French language text translation now available

NOW AVAILABLE

Use Translator to add Canadian French translation to your apps, products, and workflows.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Features
Oct 14

Azure Cognitive Services has achieved human parity in image captioning

NOW AVAILABLE

Computer Vision, part of Azure Cognitive Services, now offers an updated image captioning capability that has achieved human parity based on the Novel Object Captioning at Scale (NOCAPS) benchmark.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Services

September 2020

Sep 22

Azure Cognitive Services general availability updates

NOW AVAILABLE

General availability updates in Azure Cognitive Services Decision, Speech, and containers categories.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Services
  • Features
  • Microsoft Ignite
Sep 22

New Azure Cognitive Services and capabilities in preview

IN PREVIEW

Preview capabilities in Azure Cognitive Services Decision, Vision, and containers categories.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Microsoft Ignite
Sep 22

Azure Communication Services now available in public preview

IN PREVIEW

Build engaging communication experiences with the same secure platform used by Microsoft Teams. Add video, voice, SMS, chat, and telephony capabilities into almost any web, mobile, or desktop application.

  • Visual Studio
  • App Service
  • Event Grid
  • Logic Apps
  • Azure Functions
  • Azure Bot Service
  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Services
  • SDK and Tools
  • Microsoft Ignite

August 2020

Aug 26

Immersive Reader is now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

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.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Services
Aug 21

Public Preview: Cognitive Services Form Recognizer v2.1

IN PREVIEW

Form Recognizer v2.1-preview.1 has been released. It includes support for new languages, checkbox/selection marks, and the submit multiple form types to a single model Id.

  • Form Recognizer
  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Features

July 2020

Jul 8

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
Jul 8

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
Jul 8

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

May 30

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
May 29

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
May 19

New Cognitive Services capabilities are now available in preview

IN PREVIEW

New Cognitive Services capabilities are now available in preview.

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

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
  • Services
  • Features
  • Microsoft Build

February 2020

Feb 24

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
Feb 11

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
Jan 31

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

Nov 21

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

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