If you’re a business that uses Bing Search APIs, then Microsoft wants you to know about some changes taking effect today, July 1, 2016. Access to the new APIs are available to developers of all kinds, from small startups to the largest enterprises, and they’re now a part of Microsoft’s Cognitive Services, which power the core Bing platform and are accessed by Bing users across the globe.
The new APIs follow structured data standards (Schema.organd JSON-LD) and are REST APIs. That should ease their implementation while keeping them reliable to supported. The new Bing Search APIs have a number of features, including:
- Search across billions of web pages, images, videos, and news results, with the high performance and relevance you’ve come to expect from Bing, and which tech-industry leaders rely on.
- Autosuggest services to improve accuracy and speed of user input in your apps and sites.
- Leverage assistive services such as spell check and adult intent signal.
- Access to trending topics including news, images and videos.
- Ability to filter image and video results by size, license, style, and price.
Here are the new Bing Search APIs that are available for purchase:
- Bing Search APIs – Bring intelligent search to your apps, webpages, and other experiences. Bing Search APIs include:
- Bing Web Search API for getting enhanced search details from billions of web documents.
- Bing Image Search API for scouring the web for images, the results including thumbnails, full image URLs, publishing website info, image metadata, and more.
- Bing Video Search API to find videos across the web, the results including useful metadata, including creator, encoding format, video length, and view count.
- Bing News Search API to find news articles, the results including authoritative image of the news article, related news and categories, provider info, and article URL.
- Bing Autosuggest API – Empowering users to complete queries faster by adding intelligent, type-ahead capabilities to their app or website. This helps users to type less and do more with automated and complete search suggestions.
- Bing Spell Check API – Helping users to correct spelling errors, recognize the difference among names, brand names, and slang, as well as understand homophones as they’re typing.
The new Bing Search APIs are available on the Azure Marketplace. Current Bing Search and Bing Web Results Only APIs will be retired on December 15, 2016. If you’re a developer, then, you’ll want to check into what’s happening with the program and make sure you have all of your ducks in a row. You can get more help in the transition here.