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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
4/24/2018 Log Analytics Retiring Feature The Log Search API has been replaced with the Azure Log Analytics REST API. The REST API supports the new query language, as well as higher query limits in terms of the number of returned rows and payload size. The PowerShell cmdlet Get-AzureRmOperationalInsightsSearchResults has been replaced with the Invoke-LogAnalyticsQuery cmdlet, which also supports the new query language. The Log Search API will be deprecated during the week of April 30, 2018. Calls made to the Log Search API after its deprecation date will return a 410 error code, along with this message: "Log Search API is deprecated and has been replaced with the new Azure Log Analytics REST API." Link Link Details
3/1/2018 Cognitive Services General Availability Part of the search capabilities of Cognitive services, Bing Entity Search brings rich context about people, places, things and local businesses to any app, blog or website for a more engaging user experience. This is now generally available. Link Link Details
2/28/2018 StorSimple General Availability We are excited to announce the general availability of the StorSimple Data Manager. This feature allows you to transform data from StorSimple format into the native format in Azure blobs or Azure Files. Once your data is transformed, you can use services like Azure Media Services, Azure Machine Learning, HDInsight, Azure Search, and more. Link Link Details
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

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