QnA Maker managed is now renamed to custom question answering

QnA Maker managed (preview) was launched in November 2020 as a free public preview offering. It introduced several new features including enhanced relevance using a deep learning ranker, precise answers, and end-to-end region support.

As part of our effort to consolidate the language offerings from Cognitive Services, QnA Maker managed is now a feature within Text Analytics, and it has been renamed to custom question answering.

Creating a new custom question answering service

Create a Text Analytics resource to use question answering and other features such as entity recognition, sentiment analysis, etc.

Now when you create a new Text Analytics resource, you can select features that you want included. Select custom question answering (preview) and continue to create your resource.

You can no longer create a QnA Maker managed resource from the QnA Maker create flow, instead you will be redirected to the Text Analytics service. There is no change to the QnA Maker stable release.

Details

  • All existing QnA Maker managed (preview) resources continue to work as before. There is no action required for these resources at this time.
  • The creation flow for Custom question answering (preview) is the primary change. The service, portal, endpoints, SDK, etc. remain as before.
  • Custom question answering (preview) continues to be offered as a free public preview. This feature is only available as part of Text Analytics Standard resources. Do not change your pricing tier for Text Analytics resources to free.
  • Custom question answering (preview) is available in the following regions:
    • South Central US
    • North Europe
    • Australia East.

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