December 27, 2017

New TTS provider: Microsoft Speech Services

Hi all,

We want to inform you about a change in our Text-to-Speech (TTS) provider. We now use the Bing text to speech API from Microsoft as our main TTS provider. 

Until now, TTS was provided by Amazon Polly. Maybe you know that we switched to Polly in December 2016, after Acapela closed its free services. You can read more about this in a previous blogpost.

Because our free trial period for Polly has expired, and we are a non-profit organisation, we cannot afford a paid license.

Because of our new TTS provider, voices may have changed for various apps. We hope you like the new voices. 

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