Microsoft BUILD 2020 Conversational Takeaway

The big Microsoft Event for Developers was streamed last week during 48H « follow the sun » with a lot of content in AI (especially speech and vision). Here is some takeover if you missed the event:

BUILD 2020 : Conversational AI

Here is all the news in a blog post on Micvrosoft website with recorded session :

  • Bot Framework Composer is now GA – open source and available on Windows, Mac and Linux
  • Virtual Assistant Solution Accelerator 1.0 moves to GA
  • Bot Framework SDK 4.9 released for C#, JavaScript and Python – plus preview 4 for Java.
  • DirectLine App Service Extension now GA
  • Public preview for new Amazon Alexa channel in Azure Bot Service now available
  • New LUIS portal with dramatically improved labelling experience
  • QnA Maker improvements – Rich Text Editor and role based access support (RBAC)
  • And more…..

So a ton’s of news we already saw at the Global MVP Summit 2020. I’m still confused about Microsoft low-code UI not very sexy, that should be more inspired of Node-RED UI (yes I know IBM is a competitor)

Sessions replay

BUILD 2020 : Cognitive Speech

Updates to the Speech Service:

New preview features:

  • Pronunciation assessment: The Speech service pronunciation assessment capability evaluates speech pronunciation and gives speakers feedback on the accuracy and fluency of spoken audio. With pronunciation assessment, language learners can practice, get instant feedback, and improve their pronunciation so that they can speak and present with confidence. Educators can use the capability to evaluate pronunciation of multiple speakers in real time. The feature currently supports American English and correlates highly with speech assessments conducted by experts.
  • Speaker Recognition—Speaker Recognition is extending language support to 8 languages. Use either free-form speech or passphrases to verify speakers with the new text-independent speaker verification API. The new Speaker Recognition feature will be available on June 1, 2020. Documentation will be available here on June 1.

Sessions replay

About AI & Cognitive Services (edit)

One more thing …

Here is all the nerdy easter eggs during the show 🙂

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