Live Search SOAP API Now Out Of Beta

Feb 7, 2007 - 7:45 am 1 by
Filed Under Bing Search

msdn-02072007.jpgThe Live Search Blog announced that they have renamed and taken out of beta, their search API the other day. The new name is Windows Live Search API, lovely.

They also gave it a bit of an upgrade, adding:

  • More Languages
  • Search results increased from the first 250 to the first 1,000.
  • Added a flag to disable host collapsing (the suppression of more than two results from a top-level URL) to facilitate the development of accurate paging algorithms.
  • Enhanced Search Tags to return results as a comma-delimited list or as an array of name/value pairs.
  • Results can also be filtered by the Search Tag name.
  • Local Search can be specified using city names and zip codes,
  • Added local data support for the following markets: en-AU, en-CA, en-GB, en-US, es-US, fr-CA, fr-FR, and it-IT.
  • PhoneBook Results now sort by distance and relevance
  • More New Code Samples

Cool list of new features, check it out here.

Of course, the other engines have APIs as well, including the Yahoo! Search API and Google AJAX Search API (Google discontinued the SOAP API).

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.


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