Microsoft announced that its Edge browser will support Speech Synthesis APIs with the next Windows 10 update. The support will allow websites to convert text to speech in a customized manner. Further, Microsoft will support Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) to enhance developer control.
IBM continues to push the boundaries of human-machine interaction with its Watson, machine-learning platform. A new set up APIs allow third party software and hardware to leverage the platform. Tone Analyzer, Emotion Analysis, Visual Recognition, and Expressive TTS arrive as the new Watson APIs.