Azure Cognitive Services Enhanced AI Functionality [Build 2020]

May 19, 2020
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Azure Cognitive Services brings AI within reach of every developer—without requiring machine-learning expertise.

Microsoft is announcing several new features and improvements across Azure Cognitive Services to enable developers to incorporate AI capabilities into their applications. They are:

Personalizer apprentice mode: Personalizer’s new apprentice mode feature enables businesses to skip the learning curve when deploying the service. When switched on, the Personalizer API learns in real time alongside existing solutions without being exposed to users until it delivers performance results according to desired KPI goals.

Speech service enhancements: The Speech service continues to extend its capabilities to more languages. Speech to Text is expanding to 27 new locales, and speech transcription accuracy is significantly improving with a 30% word error rate reduction. Neural Text to Speech is extending support to 11 new locales with 15 new voices, with pronunciation error rate reduced by 50% for 13 locales. Additional new capabilities, such as pronunciation assessment, are making it easier for customers to embed advanced speech capabilities into their solutions.

Visit the Azure blog to learn more.

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Cameron Vetter
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