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August 2021

Aug 17

Upgrade to Text-to-Speech Neural Voice  by 31 August 2024

Target retirement date: August 31, 2024

All standard Text-to-Speech voices will be retired on 31 August 2024.

  • Speech Services
  • Retirements

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 Form Recognizer
  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Features

June 2021

Jun 28

Introducing the Ingestion Client for Azure Speech

NOW AVAILABLE

Ingestion Client in conjunction with Azure Speech allows customers to transcribe audio files without any development effort. Whether you have few or millions of file Azure will transcribe those securely and quickly.

  • Speech to Text
  • Speech Services
  • Operating System
  • SDK and Tools
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
  • Services
  • Features
  • SDK and Tools

May 2021

May 27

Cognitive Services - Form Recognizer adds new version in general availability

NOW AVAILABLE

Support for 73 languages, prebuilt ID model, invoice line item extraction, table header extraction tagging as table, and more generally available in Azure Form Recognizer, part of Applied AI Services.

  • Azure Applied AI Services
  • Features
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
  • Features
  • Microsoft Build
May 25

General availability: Azure Applied AI Services

NOW AVAILABLE

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, there are important enhancements and status updates for Azure Bot Service and Azure Metrics Advisor.

  • Microsoft Build
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
May 5

General availability: Custom Translator—May new features, improvements and bug fixes

NOW AVAILABLE

Review the Microsoft Custom Translator new features, improvements, bug fixes, and new/refreshed models for May 2021.

  • Translator
  • 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

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

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 24

Azure Batch Transcription and Customization Rest API v2 will be retired by 29 February 2024

Target retirement date: February 29, 2024

Update your code that uses Azure Batch Transcription and Customization Rest API.

  • Speech Services
  • Retirements
Feb 22

General availability: Azure Cognitive Services Translator releases nine new languages

Azure Cognitive Services Translator is releasing nine new languages for text translation: Albanian, Amharic, Armenian, Azeri, Khmer, Lao, Myanmar, Nepali, and Tigrinya.

  • Features
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

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