On April 12th, Microsoft announced that:
"the Bing Search API will transition to...the Windows Azure Marketplace," they later added that the service will "move to a monthly subscription model."
So what does this mean for developers?
Just about every web developer must now be comfortable at least consuming APIs, if not creating them. This trend now shows itself in job titles including "API" and "mashup," and more often in the requirements and experience section of job listings.
When we wrote about APIs fueling an "instant" frenzy, there were only four mashups in our directory tagged instant. We've added more than that just this week, taking our total to 16 instant mashups. But the most common type of instant mashup may surprise you.