What's new in Azure AI Language?

Azure AI Language 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.

February 2024

January 2024

December 2023

  • Text Analytics for health new model 2023-12-01 is now available.
  • New Relation Type: BodySiteOfExamination
  • Quality enhancements to support radiology documents
  • Significant latency improvements
  • Various bug fixes: Improvements across NER, Entity Linking, Relations and Assertion Detection

November 2023

July 2023

May 2023

April 2023

March 2023

February 2023

  • Conversational language understanding and orchestration workflow now available in the following regions in the sovereign cloud for China:
    • China East 2 (Authoring and Prediction)
    • China North 2 (Prediction)
  • New model evaluation updates for Conversational language understanding and Orchestration workflow.
  • New model version ('2023-01-01-preview') for Text Analytics for health featuring new entity categories for social determinants of health.
  • New model version ('2023-02-01-preview') for named entity recognition features improved accuracy and more language support with up to 79 languages.

December 2022

  • New version (v5.2.0-beta.1) of the text analysis client library is available in preview for C#/.NET:
  • New model version (2022-10-01) released for Language Detection. The new model version comes with improvements in language detection quality on short texts.

November 2022

October 2022

September 2022

August 2022

July 2022

  • New AI models for sentiment analysis and key phrase extraction based on z-code models, providing:

    • Performance and quality improvements for the following 11 languages supported by sentiment analysis: ar, da, el, fi, hi, nl, no, pl, ru, sv, tr
    • Performance and quality improvements for the following 20 languages supported by key phrase extraction: af, bg, ca, hr, da, nl, et, fi, el, hu, id, lv, no, pl, ro, ru, sk, sl, sv, tr
  • Conversational PII is now available in all Azure regions supported by the Language service.

  • A new version of the Language API (2022-07-01-preview) is available. It provides:

    To use this version in your REST API calls, use the following URL:


June 2022

May 2022

  • PII detection for conversations.

  • Rebranded Text Summarization to Document summarization.

  • Conversation summarization is now available in public preview.

  • The following features are now Generally Available (GA):

    • Custom text classification
    • Custom Named Entity Recognition (NER)
    • Conversational language understanding
    • Orchestration workflow
  • The following updates for custom text classification, custom Named Entity Recognition (NER), conversational language understanding, and orchestration workflow:

    • Data splitting controls.
    • Ability to cancel training jobs.
    • Custom deployments can be named. You can have up to 10 deployments.
    • Ability to swap deployments.
    • Auto labeling (preview) for custom named entity recognition
    • Enterprise readiness support
    • Training modes for conversational language understanding
    • Updated service limits
    • Ability to use free (F0) tier for Language resources
    • Expanded regional availability
    • Updated model life cycle to add training configuration versions

April 2022

  • Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) support is available in the Language REST API preview for Text Analytics for health.

March 2022

February 2022

  • Model improvements for latest model-version for text summarization

  • Model 2021-10-01 is Generally Available (GA) for Sentiment Analysis and Opinion Mining, featuring enhanced modeling for emojis and better accuracy across all supported languages.

  • Question Answering: Active learning v2 incorporates a better clustering logic providing improved accuracy of suggestions. It considers user actions when suggestions are accepted or rejected to avoid duplicate suggestions, and improve query suggestions.

December 2021

  • The version 3.1-preview.x REST endpoints and 5.1.0-beta.x client library are retired. Upgrade to the General Available version of the API(v3.1). If you're using the client libraries, use package version 5.1.0 or higher. See the migration guide for details.

November 2021

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