Cognitive Services Pricing – Bing Custom Search

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Cognitive Services Bing Custom Search pricing

Bing Custom Search is currently in free preview. During free preview, queries are being made available to allow users to try out the upcoming service. Once we release the product in the fall, we will publish our standard pricing and the current free trial period will end. Details of the quotas allowed during the current free trial period can be found in the table below.

Features Unit Quota
Custom search solutions (i.e. custom search instances)
Create custom search instances Custom search instance No limit
Publish custom search instances, i.e. programmatic Bing Web Search API link with custom settings Custom search instance No limit
Define slices of the web and modify results
Boost, demote, whitelist, blocklist domains, subdomains and single URLs per custom search instance Custom configurations max. 400
Pin a URL for a given query to top position per custom search instance Custom configurations max. 200
Test queries to validate custom search settings Transactions per second 1
Test queries to validate custom search settings Transactions per minute 30
Test queries to validate custom search settings Transactions per hour 900
AI-based Instant Site Suggestions
Instant site recommendations Suggestions No limit
Programmatic access to Bing Web Search API v5
Transactions Bing Web Search API v5 with custom search configurations per Azure subscription key Transactions per month 20,000
Transactions Bing Web Search API v5 with custom search configurations per Azure subscription key Transactions per second 5

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  • No SLA during preview period. Learn more

FAQs

  • The Emotion API, Face API, Language Understanding Intelligent Service API, Bing Speech to Text API and Bing Text-to-Speech API are billed per 1,000 API transaction calls when a production API call is being actively executed. Billing is prorated for production API transaction call quantities.

    The Bing Long Form Speech API service is billed per hour of speech that is analysed. The billing is prorated on a per-minute basis.

    The Recommendations API and Text Analytics API can be purchased in units of the standard tiers at a fixed price. Each unit of a tier comes with included quantities of API transactions. If the user exceeds the included quantities, overages are charged at the rate specified in the pricing table above. These overages are prorated and the service is billed on a monthly basis. The included quantities in a tier are reset each month.

  • Usage is throttled if the transaction limit is reached on the free tier. Customers cannot accrue overages on the free tier.

  • If the usage on a standard tier is exceeded, the account starts to accrue overages. These overages are billed on a monthly basis and are calculated at the rate specified for each tier.

  • Any API call (with the exception of batch scoring calls) counts as a transaction. Batch scoring calls will count based on the number of items that need to be scored in that transaction.

  • Usage is throttled if the transaction limit is reached on the free tier. Customers cannot accrue overages on the free tier. Batch scoring is not supported on the free tier.

  • The Recommendations API can be purchased in units of the standard tiers at a fixed price. Each unit of a tier comes with included quantities of API transactions. If the user exceeds the included quantities, overages are charged at the rate specified in the pricing table above. These overages are prorated and the service is billed on a monthly basis. The included quantities in a tier are reset each month.

  • The Bing Search APIs, Bing Autosuggest API and Bing Speller API are billed on a monthly basis. Depending on the tier purchased, there will be included quantities of transactions defined as API calls. Included quantities will always be tied to the calendar month, regardless the start of usage. If the user exceeds the included quantities, overages are charged at the rate specified in the pricing table. These overages are not prorated, and the service is billed on a monthly basis. The included quantities for each tier are reset each month.

  • Please visit the Cognitive Services subscription page to request free trials.

  • You may upgrade to a higher tier at any time. The billing rate and included quantities corresponding to the higher tier will begin immediately.

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