As the Microsoft Ignite is currently going on in Orlando, there are a lot of news and updates on all the various areas. The main focus areas which have been presented in the keynote are: Modern workplace Business applications Applications & infrastructure Data & AI As you might already know I’m into all things AI, which is why I want to share the most recent and important updates on the AI ecosystem (Cognitive Services, Bots & ML) by Microsoft during the Ignite with you…
Microsoft Cognitive Services are APIs and services which can be used to add intelligent services to applications for different purposes, whether this is a web, mobile or desktop app or a bot which should interact with humans in a more natural way. But as there is a wide range of Cognitive Services which can be used this post should expose and describe each of the APIs currently available. This should help get to know Microsoft’s AI ecosystem a bit more.
Microsoft Forms is one of the youngest services in the Office 365 ecosystem. Forms is a great service in my opinion as such a service was missing in the Microsoft repertoire. Now Office 365 users can create their Forms within seconds in order to create a survey or quiz and ask others about their opinion. And one of the most used survey topics in a company is the wellbeing of the employees.
The last days I was doing a lot of researches on AI and Cogntive Services as this topic is a major topic for the future in the daily use. So I read a couple of blog posts about this and got an idea on how to use it. And today I want to show you a small prototype application which I created in order to combine the Azure Cognitive Service API with my most used tool for work, which is Outlook and packed it into an Azure Logic App as I am not a developer (as you might know by now) in order to save development effort.
Computer Vision Most of us will quickly bring image analysis in conjunction with high mathematical formulas and pattern recognition algorithms. The Computer Vision API but is based on a completely different level of abstraction. If one sends a picture of a squirrel on the service, “a squirrel is sitting on a rock” and a percentage chance comes in response, how much you can trust the statement. In addition, their position, as well as dominant color values can be queried tags and categories (animal, outdoor etc.
Microsoft just published a new article on the topic of Cognitive Services (formerlyProject Oxford). The Cognitive Services are a collection of SDKs and APIs along with services which should make your life easier if you want to build an intelligent application. These services basically leverage Microsoft’s existing platforms and services like Machine Learning and so on to enable developers to create applications with intelligent features like the following: Emotion Detection Video Detection Speech Detection Face Recognition Speech Recognition Vision Recognition Language Understanding Speech Understanding Our vision is for more personal computing experiences and enhanced productivity aided by systems that increasingly can see, hear, speak, understand and even begin to reason.
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