Microsoft AI will describe images in Office 365 (new accesibility features)


Similarly to other artificial intelligence, Microsoft’s Computer Vision Cognitive Service also uses neural networks trained with deep learning techniques. This way the AI can easily and better understand the contents of embedded digital photos. The Office 365 team wrote the following in a blog post: “We will offer you automatic suggestions for alt-text when you insert a photographic image that can be recognized with high confidence… Through machine learning, this service will keep improving as more people use it, saving you significant time to make media-rich presentations accessible”.

The American online social media and social networking platform Facebook announced back in April 2016 a similar feature for image captions. The tech industry from today is using similar artificial intelligence techniques in order to both improve the quality of their images and videos parsing algorithms and also in order to improve accessibility.


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