Microsoft launches new Azure AI and machine learning services

Microsoft has announced that it is releasing new artificial intelligence capabilities for developers using the company’s Azure cloud platform.

The software giant has added a new Azure Cognitive Services category called “Decision”.


According to an InfoWorld report, the new Decision category provides user-specific recommendations for better decision-making.

Azures Cognitive Service is a collection of APIs to intelligent algorithms that developers can use to perform image recognition, speech recognition, natural language processing, anomaly detection, and other intelligent tasks.

Under the new banner are other new services such as Personaliser, which uses reinforcement learning to provide users with specific recommendations to help them make quicker and more efficient decisions.

Azure search

Azure Search will also obtain new AI capabilities, via a cognitive search capability that uses Cognitive Services algorithms to extract insights from structured and unstructured content.

Microsoft will also be previewing a new storage capability that will allow developers to store AI insights gained from cognitive search.

Here’s a list of other additional developments relating to the new AI capabilities on Azure:

  • New MLOPs improvements with Azure DevOps integration to help developers better reproduce, audit, and automate the end-to-end machine learning lifecycle.
  • Automated ML advancements and UI to develop high-quality models.
  • Visual machine learning interface provides no-code model creation and deployment drag-and-drop capabilities.
  • Hardware-accelerated models for low-latency inferencing on FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays).
  • Additional support for the ONNX Runtime on the NVidia TensorRT and Intel nGraph for high-speed inferencing on NVidia and Intel chipsets.