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July 2022

Jul 15

Responsible AI investments and safeguards for Facial Recognition

NOW AVAILABLE

Target retirement date: July 01, 2023

The Cognitive Services team has updated our approach to facial recognition including adding a new Limited Access policy, removing AI classifiers of sensitive attributes and bolstering our investments in fairness and transparency.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Azure Video Indexer
  • Services
  • Compliance
  • Features
  • Regions & Datacenters
  • Retirements

June 2022

Jun 1

General availability: Conversational language understanding

NOW AVAILABLE

Conversational language understanding includes multilingual transformer-based models as the underlying model architecture and results in significant accuracy improvements over its predecessor, LUIS.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Features

May 2022

May 24

Public preview: Azure Applied AI Services enhancements

IN PREVIEW

Enhancements in preview include Power Virtual Agents to enable sophisticated conversational flows; Azure Form Recognizer helps to streamline patient check-in and verification; Azure Metrics Advisor has simplified service customization.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Azure Applied AI Services
  • Services
  • Microsoft Build
May 24

Public preview: Azure Cognitive Services updates

IN PREVIEW

Azure Cognitive Services is announcing the following preview updates at Build: Azure OpenAI Service and summarization capabilities in Azure Cognitive Service for Language.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Services
  • Microsoft Build
May 24

Generally available: Azure Cognitive Service for Language

NOW AVAILABLE

Cognitive Service for Language now includes custom named entity recognition and custom text classification.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Features
  • Microsoft Build
May 12

Generally available: OCR supports 164 languages in the Cognitive Services Computer Vision

NOW AVAILABLE

Computer Vision Read API for Optical Character Recognition (OCR) announced the general availability of the new model with support for 164 languages. It’s also available as a Docker container.

  • Computer Vision
  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Features

February 2022

Feb 2

Public preview: Anomaly Detector adds synchronous multivariate detection and improved anomaly interpretation

IN PREVIEW

Start using Anomaly Detector’s multivariate detection synchronously for quicker response, easier operations, and more informative result interpretation to help you analyze root causes.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Features

November 2021

Nov 3

Private preview: Azure OpenAI Service combines access to powerful GPT-3 language models with Azure’s enterprise capabilities

IN PREVIEW

Apply advanced language models to a variety of use cases with Azure OpenAI Service.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Services
  • Microsoft Ignite
Nov 2

Azure Applied AI Services | Azure Cognitive Search updates now generally available

Azure Cognitive Search has expanded language and regional availability.

  • Azure Applied AI Services
  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Azure Cognitive Search
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • Features
Nov 2

Azure Cognitive Service for Language now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Cognitive Service for Language provides high-quality natural language capabilities, from sentiment analysis and entity extraction to automated question answering.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Services
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • Features

October 2021

Oct 18

OCR (Read) supports 122 languages in the Cognitive Services Computer Vision public preview

IN PREVIEW

Computer Vision Read API for Optical Character Recognition (OCR), part of Cognitive Services, announces its public preview with new languages including Russian, Bulgarian, other Cyrillic and more Latin languages. This release also highlight handwritten OCR support for many languages, along with enhancements for digital PDFs and Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) text in identity documents.

  • Computer Vision
  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Features
Oct 11

General availability: Azure Translator now supports more than 100 languages and dialects

NOW AVAILABLE

Translator now supports more than 100 languages and dialects to help you streamline your translation workflows.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Features

July 2021

Jul 6

Public Preview: Form Recognizer container support

IN PREVIEW

Announcing the public preview release of Form Recognizer containers. Form Recognizer is now also available in the following docker containers - Layout, Business Card, ID Document, Receipt, Invoice and Custom containers for you to run locally.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Features

June 2021

Jun 24

General availability: Azure Cognitive Services Text Analytics for Health

NOW AVAILABLE

Now generally available, use Text Analytics for Health to detect words and phrases mentioned in unstructured text as entities in the healthcare and biomedical domain.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Services
  • Features
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
  • Features
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
  • 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

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

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