Cognitive Services Bing Speech API is being retired November 1, 2021

Published date: February 24, 2020

Because Speech Services and the Speech SDK fully replace the Bing Speech API, Bing Speech will be retired as a standalone service on November 1, 2021. This is a change from the previously communicated retirement date of January 14, 2020. Your applications will no longer be able to access Bing Speech endpoints and subscription keys.

To continue providing speech recognition and translation capabilities in your current Bing Speech applications, you’ll need to migrate them to Speech Services and the Speech SDK no later than November 1. However, we encourage you to make the move sooner to gain the richer benefits of Speech Services and the Speech SDK, including:

  • Speech-to-text (speech recognition), intent, translation, and text-to-speech capabilities.
  • Batch transcription capability through a dedicated REST API.
  • A larger set of adaptable locales, new and more accurate models, and improved modes of interaction.

How does this affect me?

Beginning November 1, 2021, your applications will no longer be able to access Bing Speech endpoints and subscription keys.

What actions should I take?

Migrate your Bing Speech applications to Speech Services no later than November 1, 2021 to avoid disruptions to your applications and enjoy feature updates.

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