Bing Search API Now on Windows Azure Marketplace, Bing Search API 2.0 AppID Sunset on Aug 1

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. "As a one stop shop for cloud data, apps, and services, the Windows Azure Marketplace provides opportunities to access hundreds of other datasets and distribute your applications. […]

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.

"As a one stop shop for cloud data, apps, and services, the Windows Azure Marketplace provides opportunities to access hundreds of other datasets and distribute your applications. In transitioning, the Search API is able to serve more relevant and up-to-date results. In addition, we encourage you to review the updated terms of use, which now allow greater flexibility to re-order and blend results so that you have greater control over how Bing data is integrated into services and applications," bing developer team posted.

Windows Azure Marketplace: Bing Search API

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."

Developers can purchase a subscription on the Windows Azure Marketplace. Also, developers interested in using only web results can sign up for a lower cost offering here.