What's new in Azure Cognitive Service for Language?

Azure Cognitive Service for Language is updated on an ongoing basis. To stay up-to-date with recent developments, this article provides you with information about new releases and features.

July 2022

  • New AI models for sentiment analysis and key phrase extraction based on z-code models, providing:

    • Performance and quality improvements for the following 11 languages supported by sentiment analysis: ar, da, el, fi, hi, nl, no, pl, ru, sv, tr
    • Performance and quality improvements for the following 20 languages supported by key phrase extraction: af, bg, ca, hr, da, nl, et, fi, el, hu, id, lv, no, pl, ro, ru, sk, sl, sv, tr
  • Conversational PII is now available in all Azure regions supported by the Language service.

  • A new version of the Language API (2022-07-15-preview) has been released. It provides:

    • Automatic language detection for asynchronous tasks.
    • For Text Analytics for health, confidence score are now returned in relations.

    To use this version in your REST API calls, use the following URL:

    <your-language-resource-endpoint>/language/:analyze-text?api-version=2022-07-15-preview`
    

June 2022

May 2022

  • PII detection for conversations.

  • Rebranded Text Summarization to Document summarization.

  • Conversation summarization is now available in public preview.

  • The following features are now Generally Available (GA):

    • Custom text classification
    • Custom Named Entity Recognition (NER)
    • Conversational language understanding
    • Orchestration workflow
  • The following updates for custom text classification, custom Named Entity Recognition (NER), conversational language understanding, and orchestration workflow:

    • Data splitting controls.
    • Ability to cancel training jobs.
    • Custom deployments can be named. You can have up to 10 deployments.
    • Ability to swap deployments.
    • Auto labeling (preview) for custom named entity recognition
    • Enterprise readiness support
    • Training modes for conversational language understanding
    • Updated service limits
    • Ability to use free (F0) tier for Language resources
    • Expanded regional availability
    • Updated model life cycle to add training configuration versions

April 2022

  • Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) support is available in the Language REST API preview for Text Analytics for health.

March 2022

February 2022

  • Model improvements for latest model-version for text summarization

  • Model 2021-10-01 is Generally Available (GA) for Sentiment Analysis and Opinion Mining, featuring enhanced modeling for emojis and better accuracy across all supported languages.

  • Question Answering: Active learning v2 incorporates a better clustering logic providing improved accuracy of suggestions. It considers user actions when suggestions are accepted or rejected to avoid duplicate suggestions, and improve query suggestions.

December 2021

  • The version 3.1-preview.x REST endpoints and 5.1.0-beta.x client library have been retired. Please upgrade to the General Available version of the API(v3.1). If you're using the client libraries, use package version 5.1.0 or higher. See the migration guide for details.

November 2021

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