Microsoft is making more of its Cognitive Services programming interfaces available to developers, starting today with its Custom Speech Service public preview.

Microsoft is readying three of its 25 Cognitive Services tools for wider release to developers.

Microsoft's Cognitive Services application programming interfaces (APIs) give developers a way to add features like speech recognition, language understanding, sentiment detection and more to their applications.

Cognitive Services and bots are both part of Microsoft's overall artificial intelligence and more specific "conversation as a platform" strategies. Microsoft's Cognitive Services APIs are meant to work well with the Microsoft Bot Framework and be useful in bot scenarios. (They also can be used independently of bot scenarios.) Like Microsoft's Cognitive Services, bots can be speech, language and vision-based...

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