Azure Cognitive Services: Handwriting Recognition

The Handwriting Recognition Service detects handwritten text. It helps one digitize notes. All you would have to do is take a picture of the text and feed it to the Azure Service. The Application would then detect the words written.

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I would encourage you all to try this service. It is free. Take an Image of your handwriting and upload it to this website 



Azure Cognitive Services-Reading Text From An Image

The Azure Cognitive Services offers different API’s that use Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. One of the API’s that they offer is the Computer Version API.  Using the Computer Vision API, you could analyze text from an Image. In other words, you could extract text from an Image.

For Example-

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This Image returns-“If we did, All, The Things….” I encourage you all to check this out by uploading Images of your own.

This is where you need to go

Azure’s Computer Vision API-Analyze an Image

The computer vision api allows you to upload an Image and it would in turn give you a description of the Image. For Example, if you upload an Image of you at the beach, it would probably say- Sea, Blue, Sand, Outdoors etc.

It can describe things and the surroundings. You could also play around with the existing Images that they have at their website and see what output you get.

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Please note that this is only one of the features of a whole myriad of features that the Computer Vision API has. I would be discussing the rest in my upcoming blogs, so STAY TUNED!!

Please visit this website and check this feature out!

Azure Text Analytics API

The Azure Text Analytics API is part of the Azure Cognitive Services suite. As the name suggests it analyzes text and then expresses a sentiment in a scale of 0-1.  Scores near 1 depict a positive emotion. Below is a screenshot of the output when the following sentence is given as Input “I had a wonderful experience! The rooms were wonderful and the staff was helpful.”

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As you can see that is a positive sentence which shows in the results, 96% sentiment value.

Now consider the next case. The sentence is “This place is horrible!”.

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This is obviously a negative and a critical opinion and that gives a 1% sentiment value.

I encourage you to try this out! You could try it for free on their Azure website. The link is given here


Azure Pricing Calcualtor

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The Azure Pricing Calculator is used to quote Azure Services. One can quote the Approximate cost for a Customer depending on the Environment. The cost can vary depending on the location of the Data Center, the type of the Operating System. The Number of Virtual Machines, Bandwidth, VPN can be configured to determine the price.

In order to calculate the price, one would have to follow these steps.

  1. Go to this URL
  2.  Then click on Add Items.
  3. If you want to add Virtual Machines, click on the Featured Tab scroll down and select Virtual Machines.
  4. Under Virtual Machines, choose the Operating System, the Scale Set and the Data Center.
  5. The Pricing would be displayed on the right. Screenshot (83).png

Azure-Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery is an important aspect in Azure. It would arise due to any of these reasons-

  1. Problems in the Server room.
  2. Human Error
  3. Power Outages.

These situations are quite prevalent in are day to day life and it is always Important to protect data. If data is not protected it would lead to data loss if something unexpected happens. Azure provides ways to backup data.

Apart from data backup it also facilitates in migration. Helping a company shift from their existing Physical Infrastructure to Cloud. Azure Site Recovery (ASR) is one such mechanism to deal with this.

There can be 3 Instances for Migration-

  1. On Premise to Azure
  2. Data Center to Data Center Replication
  3. Data Center to Azure Replication

The first option is used if you want to move onto cloud from your existing physical Infrastructure. The second option is migrating from one on premise site to another. And finally the third option also deals with migrating from on premise to cloud.

In order to maintain a continuity in your business services, it is always good to have a backup 🙂 .