Microsoft is adding a fourth pillar to its search-business strategy that involves opening up its search interfaces and infrastructure to third-party developers to get them to incorporate Microsoft’s search engine in their sites and services with the release of new Live Search API for publishers and web developers called Project “Silk Road”, the new version offers new interfaces through JSON, and XML over HTTP, in addition to the previously supported SOAP interface. The new API set is now strongly typed, and offers access to 7 result types (web, news, images, phonebook, spell-checker, related queries, and Encarta instant answer).
Some of its features:
- A 404 Error Toolkit that allows you to create a better experience and keep users on your site, even when they enter a search that returns no results.
- Related content for search queries, such as images, news, and other web results.
- Increased number of supported standard web service protocols from SOAP only to now include RSS, JSON, and XML.
- Additional data types exposed through the API, including related search results and Encarta instant answers, added to previously supported data types of web, image, news, spelling, and phonebook queries.