What's new in Azure Cognitive Search

Learn about the latest updates to Azure Cognitive Search functionality, docs, and samples.


Looking for preview features? Previews are announced here, but we also maintain a preview features list so you can find them in one place.

November 2022

Item                         Type Description
Add search to websites Sample "Add search to websites" is a tutorial series with sample code available in three languages. This series was updated in November to run with current versions of React and the SDK client libraries. If you're integrating client code with a search index, these samples demonstrate an end-to-end approach to integration.
Visual Studio Code extension for Azure Cognitive Search Feature Retired. This preview feature isn't moving forward to general availability and has been removed from Visual Studio Code Marketplace. See the documentation for details.
Query performance dashboard Sample This Application Insights sample demonstrates an approach for deep monitoring of query usage and performance of an Azure Cognitive Search index. It includes a JSON template that creates a workbook and dashboard in Application Insights and a Jupyter Notebook that populates the dashboard with simulated data.

October 2022

Item                          Type Description
Compliance risk analysis using Azure Cognitive Search Content Published on Azure Architecture Center, this guide covers the implementation of a compliance risk analysis solution that uses Azure Cognitive Search.
Beiersdorf customer story using Azure Cognitive Search Content This customer story showcases semantic search and document summarization to provide researchers with ready access to institutional knowledge.

September 2022

Item                          Type Description
Azure Cognitive Search Lab Sample This C# sample provides the source code for building a web front-end that accesses all of the REST API calls against an index. This tool is used by support engineers to investigate customer support issues. You can try this demo site before building your own copy.
Event-driven indexing for Cognitive Search Sample This C# sample is an Azure Function app that demonstrates event-driven indexing in Azure Cognitive Search. If you've used indexers and skillsets before, you know that indexers can run on demand or on a schedule, but not in response to events. This demo shows you how to set up an indexing pipeline that responds to data update events.

August 2022

Item                         Type Description
Tutorial: Index large data from Apache Spark Content This tutorial explains how to use the SynapseML open-source library to push data from Apache Spark into a search index. It also shows you how to make calls to Cognitive Services to get AI enrichment without skillsets and indexers.

June 2022

Item                         Type Description
Semantic search (preview) Feature New support for Storage Optimized tiers (L1, L2).
Debug Sessions Feature General availability. Debug sessions, a built-in editor that runs in Azure portal, is now generally available.

May 2022

Item                          Type Description
Power Query connector preview Feature Retired. This indexer data source was introduced in May 2021 but won't be moving forward. Migrate your data indexing code by November 2022. See the feature documentation for migration guidance.

February 2022

Item                          Type Description
Index aliases Feature An index alias is a secondary name that can be used to refer to an index for querying, indexing, and other operations. When index names change, for example if you version the index, instead of updating the references to an index name in your application, you can just update the mapping for your alias.

2021 announcements

Month Feature Description
December Enhanced configuration for semantic search This configuration is a new addition to the 2021-04-30-Preview API, and is now required for semantic queries and Azure portal.
November Azure Files indexer (preview) Public preview in the portal and preview REST APIs.
July Search REST API 2021-04-30-Preview Public preview announcement.
July Role-based access control for data plane (preview) Public preview announcement.
July Management REST API 2021-04-01-Preview Modifies Create or Update Service to support new DataPlaneAuthOptions. Public preview announcement.
May Power Query connector support (preview) Public preview announcement.
May Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 indexer Generally available, using REST api-version=2020-06-30 and Azure portal.
May Azure MySQL indexer (preview) Public preview, REST api-version=2020-06-30-Preview, .NET SDK 11.2.1, and Azure portal.
May More queryLanguages for spell check and semantic results See Announcement (techcommunity blog). Public preview (by request). Use Search Documents (REST) api-version=2020-06-30-Preview, Azure.Search.Documents 11.3.0-beta.2, or Search explorer in Azure portal.
May Full support for customer-managed key (CMK) encryption Generally available in all regions, subject to service creation dates.
April Azure Cosmos DB for Apache Gremlin support (preview) Public preview (by request), using api-version=2020-06-30-Preview.
March Semantic search (preview) Search results relevance scoring based on semantic models. Public preview (by request). Use Search Documents (REST) api-version=2020-06-30-Preview or Search explorer in Azure portal. Region and tier restrictions apply.
March Spell check query terms (preview) The speller option works with any query type (simple, full, or semantic). Public preview, REST only, api-version=2020-06-30-Preview
March SharePoint indexer (preview) Public preview, REST only, api-version=2020-06-30-Preview
March Normalizers (preview) Public preview, REST only, api-version=2020-06-30-Preview
March Custom Entity Lookup skill Scans for strings specified in a custom, user-defined list of words and phrases. Generally available.
February Reset Documents (preview) Available in the Search REST API 2020-06-30-Preview.
February Availability Zones Search services with two or more replicas in certain regions, as listed in Scale for performance, gain resiliency by having replicas in two or more distinct physical locations. The region and date of search service creation determine availability.
February Azure CLI
Azure PowerShell
New revisions now provide the full range of operations in the Management REST API 2020-08-01, including support for IP firewall rules and private endpoint. Generally available.
January Solution accelerator for Azure Cognitive Search and QnA Maker Pulls questions and answers out of the document and suggest the most relevant answers. A live demo app can be found at https://aka.ms/qnaWithAzureSearchDemo. This feature is an open-source project (no SLA).

2020 announcements

See 2020 Archive for "What's New in Cognitive Search" in the content archive.

2019 announcements

See 2019 Archive for "What's New in Cognitive Search" in the content archive.

Service re-brand announcement

Azure Search was renamed to Azure Cognitive Search in October 2019 to reflect the expanded (yet optional) use of cognitive skills and AI processing in service operations. API versions, NuGet packages, namespaces, and endpoints are unchanged. New and existing search solutions are unaffected by the service name change.

Service updates

Service update announcements for Azure Cognitive Search can be found on the Azure web site.