Bing Launches Its Paid Search API, Free Tier Offer Is Still Active

Posted on May 17 2012 - 5:48pm by Editorial Staff

Microsoft a month ago announced that it will begin charging for Bing Search API access. The company started offering the services on a subscription model and will starts at roughly at $40 for up to 20,000 queries. Bing Search API 2.0 will be free during a transition period which last several months. The subscriptions will be offered through the Windows Azure Marketplace, where developers have a choice to try the new version of the API for free right now.

For developers who need more than 5,000 queries, pricing starts at $20 per month for 10,000 queries and increases all the way up to the top tier of 2.5 million queries for $5,000 month. The API gives developers access to web, image, news and video search results. There is also a cheaper web results-only version of the Bing API that starts at $13 per month for 10,000 queries.

There are also changes in API’s terms of use. According to Microsoft the changes “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,” although developers will have to buy access to the API through the company’s Azure Marketplace.

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