In the last blog post, we covered the basics of what Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning are. This post provides an overview of the AI services Microsoft offers and how you can make them work for you.
Azure Cognitive Services (ACS) is a suite of application programming interfaces (APIs) that you can leverage in your business applications, including the tools available with Microsoft 365. ACS comprises Vision, Knowledge, Language, Speech and Search. With ACS, you can add complex AI capability to your applications with little to no code! You can even create custom models and train them for your specific needs.
The Vision API provides the ability to gather information from media. There are several out-of-the-box capabilities.
The Knowledge API is geared towards creating responsive question and answer applications and knowledge bases from unstructured text.
Natural Language Processing is handled by the Language API. The API analyzes text and determines sentiment, intent, and semantics with a degree of confidence.
Speech adds robust voice recognition to your apps, translation, and conversion between speech and text.
The last component of ACS is the Search API.
Using the Bing platform, your application can use the Search API to crawl the web, videos, images, news, local businesses, and named entities like people and locations. Additionally, it can be leveraged to identify and classify images and find similar images using Visual Search. If the out-of-the-box APIs are not sufficient, you can create a custom search to crawl your own data sources. The Autosuggest feature can guide users to the content they are looking for by making suggestions based on previous searches.
The beauty of ACS is these AI components are available to developers without having to understand the details of various machine learning approaches. ACS also offers the flexibility to create custom models which make sense to your business and your users. ACS integrates seamlessly with PowerApps and Flow so you can take your Power Platform solutions to the next level. If you’re interested in hearing more, Pivotal can help! Contact Us.
Stay tuned for our next post on how you can leverage AI in the Microsoft 365 stack.
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