Today we are excited to announce the release of a preview for the new version of our Bing Search APIs as part of Microsoft Cognitive Services – Bing Search APIs v7 Preview. The team has been working to deliver a whole host of improvements, and with Build 2017 underway, we are happy to share the latest and greatest with our developer community.
We have focused on creating a great developer experience, making our APIs better and easier to use. With Bing Search APIs v7 Preview you can bring the vast knowledge of the web to your applications and benefit from our improved performance, new sorting and filtering options, robust documentation, and easy Quick Start guides.
This release includes the Bing Web Search API v7 Preview, Bing News Search API v7 Preview, Bing Video Search API v7 Preview, Bing Image Search API v7 Preview, Bing Autosuggest API v7 Preview, and Bing Spell Check API v7 Preview. All the APIs are available for trial on the Microsoft Cognitive Services website.
The team is also announcing the release of Bing Custom Search API at Build 2017. While Bing Web Search API v7 Preview allows you to search over the entire web, Bing Custom Search allows you to select the slices of the web that you want to search over, and control the ranking when searching over your targeted web space.
With Bing Search APIs v7 Preview you get all the goodness from the previous version plus the latest advances.
Let’s dive into the features:
Search results come back faster with improved performance for queries on the Bing Web Search API v7 Preview. Targeted answer selection and our new caching layer deliver a reduction in response times for frequently used queries, and you can pass these performance gains directly on to your users.
New sorting, filtering, and suggestion mechanisms help you to find precisely what you’re searching for. With the Bing News Search API v7 Preview, it’s now possible to sort and filter trending topics by date. The Bing Image Search API v7 Preview now allows filtering results by minimum and maximum file size, height and width, and it also provides a helpful list of similar terms and associated URLs that help you perform related searches.
A number of new features make the APIs even easier to use. The Bing Image Search API v7 Preview has a new endpoint to use when querying for image insights, and (along with the Bing Video Search API v7 Preview) has a simplified paging mechanism that helps you request more data and avoid duplicates. In some cases, the Bing Web Search API v7 Preview helps you better understand how to use results by listing necessary attribution requirements. Plus, we’ve refactored error names, making it easier to understand any problems.
Our updated documentation makes it easy for you to bring the power of the Bing Search APIs to your applications. Use the Quick Start guides to try out the APIs quickly, and keep an eye out for the SDKs we’re currently building for top developer languages. These SDKs will allow you to quickly benefit from clearly defined types and easy JSON parsing.
To try out Bing Search APIs v7 Preview, grab a key for a free trial on the Microsoft Cognitive Services web page.
We’re excited about the advances achieved in the Bing Search APIs v7 Preview and are committed to listening and acting on the feedback we receive from you to make our APIs even better. With that, we look forward to connecting with you.
Reach out to the team via User Voice at https://cognitive.uservoice.com/ to let us know what you think about the new features and what you would like to see next.
- The Bing Team