What's new in the Text Analytics API?

The Text Analytics API 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 2020

Text Analytics for health container - Public gated preview

The Text Analytics for health container is now in public gated preview, which lets you extract information from unstructured English-language text in clinical documents such as: patient intake forms, doctor's notes, research papers and discharge summaries. Currently, you will not be billed for Text Analytics for health container usage.

The container offers the following features:

  • Named Entity Recognition
  • Relation extraction
  • Entity linking
  • Negation

May 2020

Text Analytics API v3 General Availability

Text Analysis API v3 is now generally available with the following updates:

The following properties in the JSON response have been added:

  • SentenceText in Sentiment Analysis
  • Warnings for each document

The names of the following properties in the JSON response have been changed, where applicable:

  • score has been renamed to confidenceScore
    • confidenceScore has two decimal points of precision.
  • type has been renamed to category
  • subtype has been renamed to subcategory


Text Analytics API v3 is not available in the following regions: Central India, UAE North, China North 2, China East.

Text Analytics API v3.1 Public Preview

February 2020

SDK support for Text Analytics API v3 Public Preview

As part of the unified Azure SDK release, the Text Analytics API v3 SDK is now available as a public preview for the following programming languages:

Named Entity Recognition v3 public preview

Additional entity types are now available in the Named Entity Recognition (NER) v3 public preview service as we expand the detection of general and personal information entities found in text. This update introduces model version 2020-02-01, which includes:

  • Recognition of the following general entity types (English only):

    • PersonType
    • Product
    • Event
    • Geopolitical Entity (GPE) as a subtype under Location
    • Skill
  • Recognition of the following personal information entity types (English only):

    • Person
    • Organization
    • Age as a subtype under Quantity
    • Date as a subtype under DateTime
    • Email
    • Phone Number (US only)
    • URL
    • IP Address

October 2019

Named Entity Recognition (NER)

  • A new endpoint for recognizing personal information entity types (English only)

  • Separate endpoints for entity recognition and entity linking.

  • Model version 2019-10-01, which includes:

    • Expanded detection and categorization of entities found in text.
    • Recognition of the following new entity types:
      • Phone number
      • IP address

Entity linking supports English and Spanish. NER language support varies by the entity type.

Sentiment Analysis v3 public preview

  • A new endpoint for analyzing sentiment.

  • Model version 2019-10-01, which includes:

    • Significant improvements in the accuracy and detail of the API's text categorization and scoring.
    • Automatic labeling for different sentiments in text.
    • Sentiment analysis and output on a document and sentence level.

It supports English (en), Japanese (ja), Chinese Simplified (zh-Hans), Chinese Traditional (zh-Hant), French (fr), Italian (it), Spanish (es), Dutch (nl), Portuguese (pt), and German (de), and is available in the following regions: Australia East, Central Canada, Central US, East Asia, East US, East US 2, North Europe, Southeast Asia, South Central US, UK South, West Europe, and West US 2.

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