Following its month old announcement that the company would end free access to Bing Search API, Microsoft today launched the Bing Search API on its Windows Azure Marketplace.
At the moment, Microsoft is offering a free limited time trial for any subscription tier to help in the transition process. But for developers who need over 5,000 queries per month will have to start paying one the free trial ends. The pricing structure currently availalbe is:
- 2,500,000 queries for $5,000.00
- 2,000,000 queries for $4,000.00
- 1,500,000 queries for $3,000.00
- 1,000,000 queries for $2,000.00
- 500,000 queries for $1,000.00
- 250,000 queries for $500.00
- 100,000 queries for $200.00
- 50,000 queries for $100.00
- 20,000 queries for $40.00
- 10,000 queries for $20.00
- 5,000 queries for $0.00
The team also announced that existing Bing Search API 2.0 AppIDs will decommissioned on August 1, 2012, and encourage existing developers to begin transitioning to the Windows Azure Marketplace. "On and after this date, AppIDs will no longer return results. Developers can continue using the API by signing up for the Windows Azure Marketplace or by submitting a request if greater query volume is needed," the team posted.
Also, note, that the Phonebook SourceType and the RSS endpoint will no longer be available through the Bing Search API beginning August 1, 2012. "Translation capabilities will continue to be offered through Microsoft Translator instead of through the Bing Search API."