Azure Cognitive Search

Enterprise Scale Search for App Development

Uncover latent insights from all your content

Azure Cognitive Search is the only cloud search service with built-in AI capabilities that enrich all types of information to help you identify and explore relevant content at scale. Use cognitive skills for vision, language and speech or use custom machine learning models to uncover insights from all types of content. Azure Cognitive Search also offers semantic search capability, which uses advanced machine learning techniques to understand user intent and contextually rank the most relevant search results. Spend more time innovating and less time maintaining a complex cloud search solution.

What’s New?

  • Fully managed search as a service to reduce complexity and scale easily
  • Auto-complete, geospatial search, filtering and faceting capabilities for a rich user experience
  • Built-in AI capabilities including OCR, key phrase extraction and named entity recognition to unlock insights
  • Semantic search capability powered by deep learning models that understand user intent to surface and rank the most relevant search results

Start, maintain and scale with minimal investment

Deploy a search index quickly and avoid operational maintenance. This fully managed cloud search service reduces the complexity of data ingestion and index creation by integrating with popular Azure storage solutions and offering index functionality exposed through a simple REST API or .NET SDK. Deploy a fully configured search service with intuitive user experiences such as scoring, faceting, suggestions, synonyms and geo-search—all while avoiding the operational overhead needed to debug index corruption, monitor service availability or manually scale during traffic fluctuations.

Create searchable content using integrated AI

Take advantage of Azure AI speech, vision and language services to transform raw, unstructured information into searchable content. Easily orchestrate AI services that bring structure to your data before it is indexed by defining your own Cognitive Search skillset. Applying AI capabilities such as OCR, translation, key phrase extraction, location, people and organisation detection is as simple as checking a box in the Cognitive Search portal.

Surface the most relevant results for your users based on search intent and not just keywords

Leverage tried-and-tested deep learning models from Microsoft Research and Bing to provide contextual and most relevant results in your apps. Using semantic search capability, you can understand the intent of what your customers are trying to search, offer significantly improved search results and drive deeper customer engagement. Semantic search also enables summary results so your users can get quick snippet without the need to go through results links and full documents.

Advanced data security and compliance

  • Protect your content from malicious acts with encryption built in throughout the entire indexing pipeline. 
  • Maintain security with support for virtual networks. 
  • Meet a broad set of international and industry-specific compliance standards. 
  • Control per-user access to content through security filters. 
  • Get multilayer Microsoft security across physical data centers, infrastructure and operations.

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