Azure Government Cognitive Services: Looking at the Language Feature

When Cognitive Services became available for Azure Government recently, it opened up so many great features that government offices now appreciate. Your own government office can currently enjoy API’s encompassing everything from Vision recognition to academic knowledge.

In-between, you shouldn’t overlook other tools helping you manage various media within your agency. Recently, we explored what the Vision feature could do with imagery, text, and video. Now it’s time to take a look what you can do with language through Cognitive Services.

Since language is so important in government, being able to better control it in your governmental apps, content, and analytics maintains your reputation.

For international communication, you’ll find a lot of benefits here.

Take a deeper look at what the Language feature can do for you now and in the future.

Understanding Language Contextually

Perhaps a document you need to understand in your agency needs special analysis for full interpretation. One of the standout features in Language is the Language Understanding Intelligent Service that turns language into performance visualizations.

Through LUIS, you’ll create voice commands to control things in your government office. You can program it to understand human language, something easily applied into an app. For your app developers, they’ll find this tool invaluable.

Thanks to Microsoft’s partnerships with Bing and Cortana, you can incorporate your programmed voice commands into those services for your app. Pre-built models let you set up a personal digital assistant to allow users specific voice functions.

This voice feature is extremely comprehensive, allowing you to use it on any mobile device. Plus, you’ll have an analytics platform to determine how well it’s functioning for your users.


There isn’t anything more embarrassing than placing governmental information and have it contain spelling errors. To maintain your reputation and professionalism, you need something to scope out mistakes in the textual content you post.

The Language feature gives you a built-in spell-check system to check on word breaks, slang, and names.

With word breaks, you’ll get a single flag highlighting places where you left a space in the middle of a word. Slang words get highlighted as well so you can easily scope them out and replace. Name errors also have highlighting when mentioning important officials in a document.

Predictive Language

Your agency may require special care in how you write alerts or other documentation. Thanks to machine learning in all Cognitive Services, you’ll be able to work with automated word combination probability to help you in your writing.

This works equally with word sequence probability to give you likelihood of one word following another. When analyzing documents for security purposes, this can help in identifying a particular writing style.

Predictive text capability helps you write with a more original angle when creating content on your agency’s website. Or, you can use a word-breaking tool to break up things like hashtags you’ve cut and pasted into a document.

Text Analytics and Translator

Understanding what others think of your government agency can bring better services to them, or even to your employees.

This is where text analytics come into play using sentiment analysis, phrase detection, or topic and language detection. Machine learning lets you discover what the real emotion is behind words written by people on comment boards or in documents.

Through a cloud-based translator, you can additionally translate any language without complication. You’ll find this essential when building a critical government app for use around the world. However, with real-time translation ability, communicating with foreign associates or dignitaries doesn’t have to become clumsy.

More Information

Stay tuned here at cFocus Software Incorporated for more analysis of Cognitive Services in Azure Government.