Microsoft Azure Government now includes facial and emotion recognition feature

March 10, 2017 - 

Microsoft’s Azure Government now includes Cognitive Services, which adds facial and emotion recognition features to the company’s cloud platform, according to a report by The Inquirer.

Announced during its Tech Summit event in Washington earlier this week, Microsoft revealed that Microsoft Cognitive Services is now available in Azure Government.

Cognitive Services includes a series of machine based language, vision, search and knowledge of API to help developers to build apps more effectively and significantly faster.

“We have enabled scenarios such as audio and text translation into other languages as well as facial (gender and age) and emotion recognition with Computer Vision and Emotion,” Tom Keane, general manager at Microsoft Azure said.

In addition, Microsoft is now offering HDInsight and Power BI to its US government Azure customers.

HDInsight will allow Microsoft’s customers to “build powerful data analysis solutions”, while
Power BI Pro for US government will enable customers to bring “big data to life,” Microsoft said.

Power BI Pro includes Power BI Service, a cloud-based business analytics service; Power BI Desktop, a visual analytics feature that allows customers to quickly discover patterns through interactive visualizations, and Power Bi Mobile, a mobile version of the tool.

“HDInsight and Power BI bring exciting new capabilities to Azure Government that enable organisations to manage, analyse, and visualise large quantities of data,” Keane said. “HDInsight unlocks the ability to build data and machine learning applications that run on Apache Spark and Hadoop. Power BI allows for the aggregation of data and visualisation with easy to operate dashboard functionality.”

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