Microsoft has announced the availability of paid plans for its Bing Search APIs. Bing Search APIs are now part of Microsoft Cognitive Services and available for purchase via the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Microsoft Cognitive Services (formerly Project Oxford) was launched in March of this year. Bing Search APIs were added to Microsoft Cognitive Services at this time and a developer preview was made available for the APIs. Developers can view the pricing for the Bing Search APIs on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace website as well as the Microsoft Cognitive Services website.
ProgrammableWeb recently published several articles that include Microsoft Bing Search APIs. One article covers how developers choices are few when it comes to Web search APIs. The other article takes a detailed look at Google and Microsoft Bing Web search APIs and includes an overview of the Web search products provided by Google and Microsoft as well as a comparison of Web search API features.
Microsoft now offers Bing Search APIs as part of Microsoft Cognitive Services and the suite of Bing Search APIs includes:
- Bing Web Search API - Returns search results for Web pages, images, videos, news, and more.
- Bing Image Search API – Returns search results for images from Web pages. New features include trending images, visually similar images, and more.
- Bing Video Search API - Returns search results for videos from Web pages. New features include motion thumbnail preview and trending videos.
- Bing News Search API – Returns search results for news sites and Web pages. New features include categorization and trending news.
- Bing Autosuggest API and Bing Spell Check API are also now available for purchase via the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.
The existing Microsoft Azure Data Marketplace "Bing Search" and "Bing Web Results Only" APIs will be sunsetted on December 15, 2016.