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Azure voice artist discontinued?

Hi Azure team,

We have subscribed to Microsoft Azure account for audio generation for our project. However in the middle of the project, the voice artist we are using (Mia, UK voice) is discontinued and seem to be no longer available. This will bring inconsistency in our project.

Is there anyway we can get updates incase if any voice artist would be discontinued.

We have now planned to use a new voice (Libby, UK voice) for the rest of the project. Can you please let us know if there is any roadmap if this voice will be discontinued?

Expecting you response. Thank you in advance.

Manish Pradhan

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Hi, thanks for reaching out. There's actually a note in our documentation about retiring en-GB-MiaNeural on October 30th, 2021, however, you should be able to use Mia until then. We are planning to send out updates to customers (we normally send out notifications to customers regarding this scenario). Currently, en-GB-MiaNeural is hidden in voice list, however, you should be able to use Mia in your SSML. Please let us know if that's not the case (and specially where you're getting this error). Thanks.

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Why was it discontinued if I may ask? It was an easy-to-listen voice.

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