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2/7/2018 Search Updated Features Today we are happy to announce performance upgrades to all newly provisioned services in all paid service tiers in Azure Search. For the exact same price, these upgraded Azure Search services have roughly double the compute power of the previous hardware configuration that backed Azure Search. Additionally, services in the Standard tier began using SSD storage under the hood, compared to HDD storage used previously. Link Link Details
2/6/2018 Cognitive Services Preview Features We are delighted to announce a new capability in Microsoft Video Indexer: Brand Detection from speech and from visual text! If you are not yet familiar with Video Indexer, you may want to take a look at a few examples on our portal. Having brands in the video index gives you insights on names of products and organizations, which appear in a video or audio asset without having to watch it. Particularly, it enables you to search over large amounts of video and audio. Customers find Brand Detection useful in a wide variety of business scenarios such as contents archive and discovery, contextual advertising, social media analysis, retail compete analysis and many more. Link Link Details
1/26/2018 Cognitive Services Preview Features We are pleased to announce preview availability of SDKs for the Cognitive Serivces - Bing Search APIs. Currently available as REST APIs, the Bing APIs v7 now have SDKs in four languages: C#, Java, Node.js, and Python. These SDKs include offerings such as Bing Web Search, Bing Image Search, Bing Custom Search, Bing News Search, Bing Video Search, Bing Entity Search, and Bing Spell Check. Link Link Details
11/28/2017 Cognitive Services Preview Features Today we announced the Public Preview availability of Azure Location Based Services (LBS). LBS is a portfolio of geospatial service APIs natively integrated into Azure that enable developers, enterprises and ISVs to create location aware apps and IoT, mobility, logistics and asset tracking solutions. The portfolio currently comprises of services for Map Rendering, Routing, Search, Time Zones and Traffic. In partnership with TomTom and in support of our enterprise customers, Microsoft has added native location capabilities to the Azure public cloud. Link Details
10/16/2017 Cognitive Services General Availability Today, we are announcing the general availability of Bing Custom Search API and Bing Search API v7. Showcased at Microsoft Ignite 2017 just last month, these APIs are now both available on the Azure Portal. Link Link Details
9/25/2017 Cognitive Services New Features Text Analytics API is now generally available. Text Analytics is a cloud-based service that provides advanced natural language processing over raw text. It includes API functions such as sentiment analysis, key phrase extraction and language detection. Bing Custom Search API will be generally available in October. Bing Custom Search lets you create a highly-customized targeted web search experience to deliver more relevant results from your targeted web space through a commercial grade service. Bing Search APIs v7 will be will be generally available in October. Allowing you to bring the immense knowledge of the planet to your applications, the v7 update will provide several improvements, such as results coming back fast with improved performance for queries on the Bing Web Search API. New sorting and filtering options make it easier to find relevant results in news trending topics and image searches. Better error messages make it easy to troubleshoot and diagnose problem queries, and updated, modernized documentation make it easy bring the power of the Bing Search APIs to your applications. We plan to make Language Understanding Intelligent Service and Microsoft Bot Framework, which contains everything you need to build and connect intelligent bots, generally available later this year. We’re also adding new capabilities to our services: QnAMaker preview API is now enabling to build, train and publish a simple question and answer bot from product manuals. We’re expanding Face API, Computer Vision API and Content Moderator in 7 additional regions - South Central US, West US2, East US, Brazil, North Europe, Australia East and East Asia. Link Details
8/30/2017 SDKs Updated Features We released 1.2 of the Azure Management Libraries for Java. This release adds support for additional security and deployment features, and more Azure services: Managed service identity Create users in Azure Active Directory, update service principals and assign permissions to apps Storage service encryption Deploy Web apps and functions using MS Deploy Network watcher service Search service Link Link Details
8/23/2017 Log Analytics General Availability The Container Monitoring Solution is now GA. We've added new features to provide better insights to your Kubernetes cluster. With the new features, you can more easily narrow down container issues within a Kubernetes cluster. Now you can use search filters on you own custom pod labels and Kubernetes cluster hierarchies. With container process information, you can quickly see container process status for deeper health analysis. These features are only for Linux—additional Windows features are coming soon. Link Details
8/9/2017 Log Analytics New Features The Azure Log Analytics service is rolling out an upgrade to existing customers today – offering powerful search, smart analytics, and even deeper insights. This upgrade provides an interactive query language and an advanced analytics portal, powered by a highly scalable data store resembling Azure Application Insights. This creates a consistent monitoring experience for IT operations and developers. Link Link Details
7/12/2017 Cognitive Services Updated Features Today, we are launching several updates to Azure Cognitive Services: 1. Bing Entity Search API, now available in free preview. 2. Project Prague is now available in Preview. It allows you to control and interact with devices using gestures to have a more intuitive and natural experiece. 3. Presentation translator is now available for download. Link Details

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