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6/8/2018 Cognitive Services Preview Feature On May 7, 2018, we released the Cognitive Services Speech SDK as a preview. Today, we released the 0.4.0 update to the SDK. The update adds audio input stream support and detailed output format support, along with bug fixes. For details, see the release notes. Link Link Details
5/8/2018 Search New Feature Today we are announcing Cognitive Search, an AI-first approach to content understanding. Cognitive Search is powered by Azure Search with built-in Cognitive Services. It pulls data from a variety of Azure data sources and applies a set of composable cognitive skills which extract knowledge. This knowledge is then organized and stored in a search index enabling new experiences for exploring the data. Link Link Details
5/7/2018 Cognitive Services General Availability Bing Visual Search, a new service in general availability that lets you harness the capabilities of Bing Search to perform intelligent search by image capabilities, such as searching similar products for a given product (e.g. in retail scenario, wherein user would like to see products similar to the one being considered), identifying barcodes, text, celebrities and many more! We’re also announcing a preview by invite portal for intelligent Visual Search. Link Link Details
5/7/2018 Cognitive Services Preview Feature We’re also announcing new Cognitive Services labs, providing developers with an early look at the emerging Cognitive Services technologies, such as: Project Answer Search – enables you to enhance your users’ search experience by automatically retrieving and displaying commonly known facts and information from across the internet. Project URL Preview - informs your users’ social interactions by enabling creation of web page previews from a given URL or flagging adult content to suppress it. Project Anomaly Finder enables developers to monitor their data over time and detect anomalies by automatically applying a statistical model. Project Conversation Learner by invite - enables you to build and teach conversational interfaces that learn directly from example interactions. Spanning a broad set of task-oriented use cases, Project Conversation Learner applies machine learning behind the scenes to decrease manual coding of dialogue control logic. Project Personality Chat – available soon by invitation– makes intelligent agents more complete and conversational by handling common small talk in a consistent tone and fallback responses. Give your agent a personality by choosing from multiple default personas, and enhance it to create a character that aligns with your brand voice. Project Ink Analysis – available soon by invitation- provides digital ink recognition and layout analysis through REST APIs. Using various machine learning techniques, the service analyzes the ink stroke input and provides information about the layout and contents of those ink strokes. Project Ink Analysis can be used for a variety of scenarios that involve ink to text as well as ink to shape conversions. Link Link Details
5/7/2018 Cognitive Services New Feature Bing Custom Search updates including custom image search, custom autosuggest, specific statistics information, instance staging and sharing capabilities. Link Link Details
5/7/2018 Cognitive Services New Feature Bing Statistics-add-in, an add-in which provides various metrics and rich slicing and dicing capabilities for several Bing APIs Link Link Details
5/7/2018 Cognitive Services New Feature Video Indexer, the Cognitive Service that extracts insights from videos, can now be connected to an Azure account. Link Details
5/7/2018 Cognitive Services Updated Feature Computer Vision unlocks the knowledge stored in images. It now integrates an improved OCR model for English (in preview), and captioning expanded to new languages (Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese). Link Link Details
5/7/2018 Cognitive Services Preview Feature We’re announcing a new unified Speech service in preview. Developers will now have access to a single-entry point to perform: Speech to Text (speech transcription) – converting spoken audio to text with standard or custom models tailored to specific vocabulary or speaking styles of users (language model customization), or to better match the expected environment, such as with background noise (acoustic model customization). Speech to Text technology enables a wide range of use cases like voice commands, real-time transcriptions, and call center log analysis. Text to Speech (speech synthesis) – bringing voice to any app by converting text to audio in near real time with the choice of over 75 default voices, or with the new custom voice models, creating a unique and recognizable brand voice tuned to your own recordings. Speech Translation – providing real-time speech translation capabilities with models based on neural machine translation (NMT) technologies. Three elements of the Speech Translation pipeline can now be customized through a dedicated tool: speech recognition, text to speech and machine translation. Link Details
5/7/2018 Cognitive Services New Feature Text Analytics, a cloud-based service that provides advanced natural language processing over raw text, performing sentiment analysis, key phrase extraction and language detection. Today, Text Analytics introduces the ability to perform entity identification and linking from raw text. Entity linking recognizes and disambiguates well-known entities found in text such as people, places, organizations, and more while linking to more information on the web. Link Link Details

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