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June 2021

Jun 9

General availability: 6 new Locales added to Speech service to support speech transcription

NOW AVAILABLE

Speech service has added Speech to Text support for 6 new languages and locales.

  • Speech Services
  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • SDK and Tools
  • Services
  • Features

May 2021

May 25

Public preview: Azure Cognitive Services Text Analytics Adds Question Answering Feature

IN PREVIEW

The new, standard Question Answering feature provides users the capability to answer questions over a passage of text without having to create knowledgebases and manage additional storage

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Microsoft Build
May 25

General availability: Azure Cognitive Services Translator Document Translation feature

NOW AVAILABLE

Now generally available, use Document Translation to translate documents at scale.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Services
  • Microsoft Build
  • Features
May 25

Azure Applied AI Services public preview updates for Build 2021

IN PREVIEW

Azure AI is introducing a new category of services called Azure Applied AI Services. These services accelerate time-to-value in building AI solutions for common business processes. Within this category, Azure Video Analyzer is now in public preview. The service brings Live Video Analytics and Video Indexer together so developers can quickly build AI-powered video analytics solutions.

  • Azure Machine Learning
  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Services
  • Microsoft Build

April 2021

Apr 14

Cognitive Services - New Computer Vision API v3.2 now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Updated Computer Vision API now generally available to improve image tagging, content moderation, OCR language expansion, and more.

  • Computer Vision
  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Features
Apr 14

Public preview: Cognitive Services- Anomaly Detector now supports multivariate anomaly detection​

IN PREVIEW

Enable organizations to identify anomalies across multiple variables with multivariate Anomaly Detector.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Anomaly Detector
  • Features

March 2021

Mar 31

Public preview: Cognitive Services - Form Recognizer new features

IN PREVIEW

Support for 73 languages, prebuilt ID model, invoice line item extraction, tagging as table, and lots more - Now in Azure Form Recognizer public preview, part of Azure Cognitive Services

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Features
Mar 2

Public preview: Azure Communication Services interoperability with Microsoft Teams

IN PREVIEW

 Azure Communication Services is now interoperable with Microsoft Teams in preview, enabling you to leverage a unified offering for both internal and external communication experiences.

  • Visual Studio
  • SDKs
  • App Service
  • Event Grid
  • Azure Logic Apps
  • Azure Functions
  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Services
  • Microsoft Ignite

February 2021

Feb 24

We’re retiring the standard version of Custom Voice on 29 February 2024

Target retirement date: February 29, 2024

Upgrade to Custom Neural Voice.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Retirements
Feb 24

We are retiring Azure Cognitive Services Text Analytics v2.x on 29 February 2024

Target retirement date: February 29, 2024

Transition to Azure Cognitive Services Text Analytics v3.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Retirements
Feb 9

OCR support for 73 languages in the Cognitive Services Computer Vision public preview

IN PREVIEW

Computer Vision Read 3.2 API for Optical Character Recognition (OCR), part of Cognitive Services, announces its public preview with support for Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, and several Latin languages, with option to use the cloud service or deploy the Docker container on premise.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Computer Vision
  • Services
  • Features
Feb 3

General Availability: Custom Neural Voice, a Text-to-Speech capability within Speech Service

NOW AVAILABLE

Improve user experiences responsibly with Custom Neural Voice, a limited access capability within Speech Service. Custom Neural voice allows you to build a custom voice font consistent with your brand and use case.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Features

January 2021

Jan 29

General availability: Text Analytics' Named Entity Recognition v3 now supports 10 languages with improved AI quality

NOW AVAILABLE

With support for more entity categories and more languages, using Text Analytics NER enables organizations to extract higher quality insights from unstructured text.

  • Text Analytics
  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Services
  • Features

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
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • Features
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
  • Azure Logic Apps
  • Azure Functions
  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • SDK and Tools
  • Services
  • Microsoft Ignite

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