It wasn’t that long ago when Bing released their REST API (http://api.bing.net) to fetch search information. It was simple and powerful, and I discussed it here. But not too long ago, Bing announced that the API will be migrating to the Azure Data Marketplace. As of August 1, 2012, the Marketplace version will be the ONLY option (it’s official).
The Bing Search API enables developers to embed and customize search results in applications or websites using XML or JSON. Add search functionality to a website, create unique consumer or enterprise apps, or develop new mash-ups.
That’s right, the tiered pricing lets developers use the data (up to 5k transactions/mo) for free. Once you need more, you can get 10k, 20k, 50k, or more/month.
Each tier has a different price and it’s up to you to determine what’s best for you. If you need more than the basic, congratulations.
The Bing team provided this migration guide:
Bing API Migration Guide Resources for migrating existing applications to the Windows Azure Marketplace OData APIs.
So, should you want to upgrade, or just start using the Bing service to add value to your Metro application, you found the right place. Read the doc above. Then, read this article.
First, get your key
The Azure Data marketplace is handy. But like almost every service out there you need to get a key. Keys are, of course, free – so get started. Navigate to here and use your Windows Live Id.