Azure Search

Azure Search is a search-as-a-service solution that allows developers to incorporate a sophisticated search experience into web and mobile applications without having to worry about the complexities of full-text search and without having to deploy, maintain or manage any infrastructure

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  1. Storage Optimized tier in the Basic tier pricing range (L0)

    For a small business with low traffic and data just over the 2GB limit of the Basic tier it´s really hard to justify to upgrade to standard tier for 3.3x more cost. The performance and scaling for Basic tier is more the enough but the 2GB limit is just to low.
    It would be nice if you could introduce storage optimized layer(L0) for the lower end of the price range where performance and scaling is not important but the storage amount is more than 2GB.

    111 votes
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  2. MicrosoftLanguageStemmingTokenizer cannot process word 'F#' correctly

    'F#' is a well-known programming language, but if you tokenize sentence contains 'F#' with "en.microsoft" analyzer, it will be omitted. However, 'C#' works fine and does not have such issue.

    28 votes
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  3. Extract text in a readable manner for pages using landscape orientation in PDF

    There is a known issue with PDFs that display certain pages with text oriented in a vertical manner. The issue is not that the text is not extracted, but rather that it is extracted in an unreadable manner since current extraction methods expect text to be horizontal. Unfortunately there is not currently a work around within Azure Search.

    We would need to inspect thousands of documents and rotate the vertical/landscape pages of the PDF manually before it can work as expected.

    58 votes
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  4. Indexer(crawler) on Sharepoint document library or any external data source

    Customer has a lot of documents in sharepoint document library.Unlike pushing data to an index, crawling all the documents from external data source(here it is sharepoint) and creating an index in azure search so that we can leverage cognitive services.

    We understood sharepoint integration with azure search is present in your roadmap, but if there is a possibility to leverage index(crawler) to index external data source it would be great. There are lot of clients approaching for this usecase.

    Thanks for your time.

    10 votes
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  5. Efficient way to express a true “all”

    Query with any on properties of types Collection is very easy:
    $filter=SocialAccounts/any(x: search.in(x, 'Facebook,Twitter'))

    However if you want to do the same with all you need to do something like which is not that beautifull:
    $filter=tags/any(t: t eq 'Facebook') and tags/any(t: t eq 'Twitter')

    Please implement something like:
    $filter=SocialAccounts/all(x: search.in(x, 'Facebook,Twitter'))

    4 votes
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  6. Access to queue of azure indexers waiting to run

    I think it would be nice to allow the SDK to have access to the queue of azure indexers waiting to run, that way you can tell which ones will be running next

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  7. Support IP firewall\service endpoints

    Our enterprise requires 2 factor auth for all remote services. Please support IP based firewall and service endpoints!

    27 votes
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  8. Managed service identity support

    Indexing Azure Storage requires a storage account key which makes it more cumbersome to rotate that storage account key. Indexing Azure SQL DB requires a username/password making it more cumbersome to rotate that password. Please allow us to enable a Managed Service Identity (MSI) for Azure Search so that we can index data sources using that identity rather than with account keys and passwords.

    14 votes
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  9. Support synonym updates in Azure Portal

    synonym map operation is not frequency in Search opitmization operation. Customer can use Postman or so, but it also maintanance synonym map on Azure Portal is so helpful.

    11 votes
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  10. Add a skill to merge arrays

    Create a skill that can merge arrays. This would be useful when extracting key-phrases from a set of pages, and then you need to merge them and don't want duplicates

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  11. 86 votes
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  12. Allow to rename search index column

    Allow to rename search index column

    10 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback. This is a fair suggestion and something I’d agree we should support. We’re considering this for a future release of Azure Search. Suggestions are typically addressed based on the total number of votes received.

    Thanks,
    Mike Carter
    Azure Search Product Team

  13. Allow creation of suggester without having to recreate index

    At the moment there is a very poor portal experience which when you want to add a Suggester to an existing index, you can enter the name etc. but you cannot then tick the existing fields to apply the indexer to. I understand there are technical reasons that require recreating the idnex when a suggester is defined; however the portal experience should be far more intuitive - guiding you through this process

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  14. Ability to specify a skillset to be used when adding documents to Search Index via DocumentsOperations SDK and REST API

    Need to be able to specify the skillset to be used when adding documents to Azure Search index using the SDK (or even the REST API one - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/searchservice/addupdate-or-delete-documents). Currently it's only possible by having an indexer. Please refer StackOverflow question for the scenario in which this would be useful:
    https://stackoverflow.com/questions/54529101/using-a-skillset-when-adding-documents-to-azure-search-index/54539852?noredirect=1#comment95962064_54539852

    3 votes
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  15. Implement other highlighters

    Right now only Postings highlighter is implemented, which highlights single terms instead of full phrase query. Would be good to have other highlighters.
    As said here : https://stackoverflow.com/questions/42411353/azure-search-highlights-for-phrases-with-double-quotes

    77 votes
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  16. 56 votes
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  17. Increase Blob Indexer file size limits

    The "Blob indexer: maximum characters of content extracted from a blob" limit seems rather restrictive, 32K for free, 64K for standard and 4MB for everything else. Plus when this limit is reached all you see in the azure portal is

    [{ "key": null, "message": "Truncated extracted text to 32768 characters." }]

    It'd be useful to know which documents are affected.

    31 votes
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  18. Change hit higlighting to handle line breaks as well as sentences

    It looks like the highlighting feature returns the full sentence around the highlighted term. This makes sense and works when the content has full stops in it.

    We are indexing documents which have bullet points and lists which do not have a full stop. As a result Azure search returns a large amount of content around the highlighted term.

    33 votes
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  19. 52 votes
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  20. Add Azure Search Service to Azure China

    Azure Search Service is a great feature. We have to move a project from Azure Global to azure China and we are suprised to see, that Azure Search Service is not available in Azure China.

    Is there any plan to add or when it will be added?

    9 votes
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