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Bing Search API Transition to an “Paid Subscription” on the Windows Azure Marketplace

Bing Developer team has announced a few significant changes to the Bing Search API access model, which is moving from a free service to a paid subscription model on the Windows Azure Marketplace.

The application store a one stop shop for cloud data, apps, and services, such as the Microsoft Translator API promises faster access. According to Microsoft, with Azure Marketplace, developers can access hundreds of data sets and APIs and will be able to distribute their applications via the Marketplace.

“As a Bing Search API developer, you can expect the transition to involve targeting a new API end point, moderate changes to the request and response schemas, and a new security requirement to authenticate your application key,” posted Bing Developer team.

Developers using approximately 3 to 4 million queries and above can expect to transition through a separate process (details will be provided shortly).

Bing notes, that developers using the API on a bigger scale, approximately 3 to 4 million queries and above will see transition through a separate process (with details to be provided “shortly”).

Here are some important things that developers should take note of about the transition:

  • “With the transition, Bing Search API developers will have access to fresher results, improved relevancy, and more opportunities to monetize their usage of the Search API. To offer these services at scale, we plan to move to a monthly subscription model. Developers can expect subscription pricing to start at approximately $40 (USD) per month for up to 20,000 queries each month.
  • The transition will begin in several weeks and will take a few months to complete. During the transition period, developers will be encouraged to try the Bing Search API for free on the Windows Azure Marketplace, before we begin charging for the service.
  • At this time, you can continue using Bing Search API 2.0 free of charge. After the transition period, Bing Search API 2.0 will no longer be available for free public use, and instead developers can continue accessing the API on the Windows Azure Marketplace,” Bing notes in a letter sent to the developers.
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