Power retrieval-augmented generation apps to discover content insights
Azure Cognitive Search, an AI-powered information retrieval platform, helps developers build rich search experiences and generative AI apps that combine large language models with enterprise data. Implement search functionality for any mobile or search application within your organization or as part of software as a service (SaaS) apps
Workplace search to help internal teams explore databases and files
SaaS search to build intelligent, cutting-edge, market-ready SaaS applications
Website search to help visitors find information quickly and easily
E-commerce to help customers find and purchase products and services
Simplify development and delivery of search solutions
Reduce the complexity of data ingestion and search-index creation through integration with Azure storage solutions and simple RESTful APIs and SDKs. Deploy a fully configured search service with intuitive user experiences such as scoring, faceting, suggestions, synonyms, and geo-search. Avoid the operational overhead needed to debug index corruption, monitor service availability, or manually scale during traffic fluctuations.
Surface the most relevant results for your users
Use advanced deep-learning models from Microsoft Research and Bing to provide contextual and relevant results in your apps. Employ the semantic search capability to better understand the intent of customers’ search terms, offer significantly improved results, and drive deeper customer engagement. Semantic search also enables knowledge mining and summary results, giving your users quick snippets without scrolling through numerous results.
Create next-generation apps with Azure OpenAI Service
Combine Azure Cognitive Search with Azure OpenAI Service to apply the most advanced AI language models to your search solutions using your own data as the basis for responses. Use conversational language for knowledge-base retrieval of enterprise data with ChatGPT, available in Azure OpenAI Service
Use state-of-the-art vector representations
Store, index, and search vector embeddings for sentences, images, audio, graphs, and more. Find information that’s semantically similar to search queries, even if the search terms aren’t exact matches. With support for hybrid search, Azure Cognitive Search offers the best of keyword and vector search. Encode vectors using Azure OpenAI Service embeddings, open-source models, or your own vector representations.
Customize search capabilities with AI integrations
Tailor the search experience to meet the unique requirements of your organization. Azure Cognitive Search offers customizable capabilities such as key phrase extraction, language detection, optical character recognition (OCR), image analysis, translation, and role-based access control (RBAC). Take advantage of integration with Azure AI services including Speech, Vision, Language, and Azure OpenAI Service to further transform raw, unstructured information into searchable content.
Scale to manage large datasets and high-traffic loads
Whether you're a small business or a large enterprise, easily index and search through massive amounts of data to deliver a great search experience for your users without worrying about managing infrastructure. Azure Cognitive Search is designed to handle large amounts of data and support high-traffic loads, ensuring that your search solution can scale as your organization grows.
Apply AI responsibly
Get access to cloud search tools, guidelines, and additional resources to help you create a responsible AI solution with Azure Cognitive Search. Read the Microsoft responsible AI principles.
Built-in security and compliance
Get the power, control, and customization you need with flexible pricing
Azure Cognitive Search is available in combinable search units that include reliable storage and throughput to set up and scale a cloud search experience quickly and cost-effectively. Add search units to increase queries per second, to enable high availability, or for faster data ingestion. Remove search units during low traffic periods.
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Frequently asked questions about Azure Cognitive Search
Built-in indexers are available for Azure Cosmos DB, Azure SQL Database, Azure Blob Storage, and Microsoft SQL Server hosted in Azure Virtual Machines. Use Azure Data Factory, with more than 80 connectors, or Azure Logic Apps to connect to your data source. Alternatively, push data into an Azure Cognitive Search index, which has no restrictions on data source type.
Azure Cognitive Search works with several popular formats, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; Adobe PDF; and PNG, RTF, JSON, HTML, and XML.
Azure Cognitive Search is a platform as a service that helps developers create their own cloud search solutions. Microsoft Search is software as a service integrated across all your Microsoft 365 apps and services.
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