General availability: Azure Search
Azure Search is a search-as-a-service solution that helps developers build sophisticated search experiences into web and mobile applications. This reduces the friction and complexity of implementing full-text search, and differentiates their applications by leveraging powerful features that are not available with other search packages. A number of customers are already using Azure Search in production. This release offers enhanced support for more than 50 languages. It uses the same technology that is used by Microsoft Office and Bing, and is built on our many years of experience with natural language processing. You can also more easily load data from Azure DocumentDB, Azure SQL Database, and SQL Server on Azure virtual machines to Azure Search by using new indexers. Plus, a .NET software development kit (SDK) is now available to make working with Azure Search a more familiar experience. For more information about these new features, please visit the Azure Search documentation webpage. General availability pricing will be in effect on May 1, 2015. Azure Search offers free and paid service tiers. Review the new pricing information on the Azure Search Pricing page. For more information, please visit the Azure Search page.