Introduction to Azure Cognitive Search - Search as a Service

What is Azure Cognitive Search?

Azure Cognitive Search is a fully managed cloud search service provided by Microsoft Azure. It enables developers to add powerful search capabilities to their applications, websites, and content repositories. With Azure Cognitive Search, you can create sophisticated search experiences, including full-text search, faceted navigation, and more.

Key Features

Azure Cognitive Search offers a wide range of features, including:

  • Full-text search: Quickly find relevant content in large datasets.
  • Faceted navigation: Easily filter and refine search results.
  • Geo-spatial search: Search for locations and geospatial data.
  • Scalability: Automatically scale to handle increasing workloads.
  • AI integration: Leverage AI and machine learning for relevance ranking and analysis.

Getting Started

To get started with Azure Cognitive Search, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to your Azure Portal.
  2. Create an Azure Cognitive Search service.
  3. Define your data source and index schema.
  4. Use the REST API or one of the client SDKs to interact with your search service.

Sample Code

Here's a simple example of how to use Azure Cognitive Search in a web application using JavaScript: