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Microsoft’s how-old.net Tells You How Old You Look


See how much you or someone may have aged using the recently released how-old.net by Microsoft. The application uses algorithms to detect how you look. Time used the service to determine by how much some United States President hav changed facially by using what they look like today and what they looked like before they entered office.

Here’s how the technology behind it;

This may be hard to believe but it took a couple of developers just a day to put this whole solution together, from the web page to the Machine Learning APIs to the real time streaming analytics and real time BI. This turned out to be a great example of the agility and creative power Azure developers get. The key components of this application are:

  • Extracting the gender and age of the people in these pictures.
  • Obtaining real time insights on the data extracted above.
  • Creating real time dashboards to view the above results.


This page lets users upload a picture and have the API predict the age and gender of any faces recognized in that picture. Now, while the API is reasonably good at locating the faces and identifying gender it isn’t particularly accurate with age, but it’s often good for a laugh and users have fun with it.

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