Microsoft Cognitive Services (formerly Project Oxford) are a set of APIs, SDKs and Services. They are available to developers to make their applications smarter, more engaging and easier to find. Cognitive services extend Microsoft's AI platform. 

This is a great playground for young and old. Here you can try out to your heart's content what might be in use tomorrow. With the various building blocks such as Q&A Maker, Vision, Emotion, Face, Text Analytics or Recommendations (to name just a few), impressive applications can be put together in a short time.
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