Microsoft has unveiled a preview of Cognitive Services in Azure Government, bringing features including facial and emotion recognition to its customers.
The firm made the announcement during its Tech Summit event in Washington this week, revealing that a preview of Microsoft Cognitive Services is now available in Azure Government.
"We have enabled scenarios such as audio and text translation into other languages as well as facial (gender and age) and emotion recognition with Computer Vision and Emotion," Tom Keane, general manager at Microsoft Azure said.
Microsoft's main announcement was that HDInsight and Power BI are now available to its US government Azure customers.
HDInsight will allow Microsoft's customers to ‘build powerful data analysis solutions', enabling government agencies to deploy a big data analysis cluster in minutes' to enable streaming and processing of large data sets in real-time using Kafa, Storm and Spark for HD Insight; and to built both machine learning capacities and intelligence applications that make use of big data.
Power BI Pro for US government will help customers bring "big data to life," according to Microsoft.
Pro comprises of Power BI Service, a cloud-based business analytics service; Power BI Desktop, a visual analytics tool that allows customers to quickly discover patterns through interactive visualisations, and Power Bi Mobile, an, er, mobile version.
"HDInsight and Power BI bring exciting new capabilities to Azure Government that enable organisations to manage, analyse, and visualise large quantities of data," Keane added.
"HDInsight unlocks the ability to build data and machine learning applications that run on Apache Spark and Hadoop. Power BI allows for the aggregation of data and visualisation with easy to operate dashboard functionality."
Earlier this week, Microsoft turned its attention to the UK government with the launch of its Azure Blueprint for the UK Government's Cloud Security Principles.
The Blueprint will help public sector outfits to quickly implement the 14 cloud security principles published by the UK's newly-opened National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which includes practices around the separation of data between users, operational security and asset protection and resilience.
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