Software maker Microsoft on Wednesday said that it’s opening up its search platform Bing for third party developers. In a blog post, Gurdeep Singh Pall, Corporate Vice President, Bing said:
Today we’re announcing a profound expansion of our approach to search by creating a platform that unites the intelligent services that power Bing.com and by making these capabilities available to 3rdparty developers via new APIs and controls.
That Bing hasn’t had a lot of success against Google isn’t much of a secret. But this could be a step in the right direction as Bing claws its way back up.
1. Bing Entity API: This will let developers create apps that uses the web’s information sets related to people, places, things and actions in the real world. This means
- A new cloud hosted Bing Optical Character Recognition (OCR) control for developers to build into their applications.
- Bing translator control: which lets apps detect text and delivers automatic machine translation to specified language.
- Bing Speech Control & Text to Speech API for Windows 8.1: Lets developers create apps that can interact using voice and create apps that can talk to the users.
Microsoft has also announced Bing Maps SDK for Windows 8.1 and immersive geo-spatial experiences for a better mapping experience.
The company has created a Bing Developer Center, a dashboard for Bing developers. Microsoft is promising better discovery for your apps on Windows 8.1 as well.