Azure AI and machine learning services overview


The current post attempts to present an overview of the Azure AI and Machine Learning services, as of late October 2020. Given the dynamic nature of public clouds, this list will most likely change soon in the near future but nevertheless acts as a general point of reference when discussing Azure AI and machine learning services.

You find an overview of all Azure service categories at

A very good analysis of the differences between Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) can be found at:

Azure offers the following Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities in the cloud:

  • Machine Learning
  • Computer Vision
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Conversational AI

AI + Machine Learning services

Azure allows you to create the next generation of applications using artificial intelligence capabilities for any developer and any scenario.

Anomaly Detector

Easily add anomaly detection capabilities to your apps.

Azure Bot Service

Intelligent, serverless bot service that scales on demand

Azure Cognitive Search

AI-powered cloud search service for mobile and web app development

Azure Databricks

Fast, easy, and collaborative Apache Spark-based analytics platform

Azure Machine Learning

Bring AI to everyone with an end-to-end, scalable, trusted platform with experimentation and model management

Azure Open Datasets

Cloud platform to host and share curated open datasets to accelerate development of machine learning models

Bing Autosuggest

Give your app intelligent autosuggest options for searches

Bing Custom Search

An easy-to-use, ad-free, commercial-grade search tool that lets you deliver the results you want

Bing Entity Search

Enrich your experiences by identifying and augmenting entity information from the web

Bing Image Search

Search for images and get comprehensive results

Bing News Search

Search for news and get comprehensive results

Bing Spell Check

Detect and correct spelling mistakes in your app

Bing Video Search

Search for videos and get comprehensive results

Bing Visual Search

Get rich insights to help build compelling image applications on the device of your choice.

Bing Web Search

Get enhanced search details from billions of web documents

Azure Cognitive Services

Add smart API capabilities to enable contextual interactions

Computer Vision

Distill actionable information from images

Content Moderator

Automated image, text, and video moderation

Custom Vision

Easily customize your own state-of-the-art computer vision models for your unique use case

Data Science Virtual Machines

Rich pre-configured environment for AI development


Detect, identify, analyze, organize, and tag faces in photos

Form Recognizer

The AI-powered document extraction service that understands your forms

Immersive Reader

Empower users of all ages and abilities to read and comprehend text

Kinect DK

Build computer vision and speech models using a developer kit with advanced AI sensors

Language Understanding

Teach your apps to understand commands from your users

Microsoft Genomics

Power genome sequencing & research insights


An AI service that delivers a personalized user experience

Project Bonsai Preview

A machine teaching service for creating intelligent industrial control systems using simulations

QnA Maker

Distill information into conversational, easy-to-navigate answers

Speaker Recognition Preview

A Speech service feature that verifies and identifies speakers

Speech to Text

A Speech service feature that accurately converts spoken audio to text

Speech Translation

Easily integrate real-time speech translation to your app

Text Analytics

Easily evaluate sentiment and topics to understand what users want

Text to Speech

A Speech service feature that converts text to lifelike speech


Easily conduct machine translation with a simple REST API call

Video Indexer

Unlock video insights

Metrics Advisor Preview

An AI service that monitors metrics and diagnoses issues

Becoming Azure-certified AI engineer

Microsoft offers a free MS Learn course on AI services: