Microsoft wants to monetize API Bing Search

The development tools provided by the Bing team will be available on the Windows Azure MarketPlace platform.

Microsoft warned developers making use of Bing APIs to the introduction of a new economic model. The publisher plans to introduce several subscriptions from $ 40 per month for 20 000 applications registered by third party applications. In return, Microsoft promises access to more relevant search results and updated more often.

The team said the transition will begin in a few weeks and for a period of several months. During this phase, developers will be able to test free tools Bing Search on Windows Azure MarketPlace before the introduction of new offers, the amount does not seem to have been totally defined. The use of Bing Search API will be slightly modified with a new integration for third parties and an additional layer of authentication.

Note that in a post published on the blog dedicated to the development community, there is no mention of the Bing Maps API. The question is whether developers will be tempted to migrate to Google whose tools Custom Search free up to 100 daily requests then charged at $ 5 per 1,000 queries.

Edited on 12/07/2012 at 9:52

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