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. Allow to upgrade the pricing tier

    Everywhere in the portal, we can increase/decrease the pricing tier based on our needs.
    With the introduction of Azure Search Basic, we need a way to upgrade to the next level (Standard) when we are close to reach the service limits.

    The only way today to go around this is to bring the index down and create another one.

    1,016 votes
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      24 comments  ·  Pricing and Quotas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Provide a local emulator or increase the number of indexes on the free tier for development use

      It sucks that if I have more than 3 indexes I have to create a paid tier for development. We do not need performance or size. Just more index to simulate the production environment which contains more indexes.

      863 votes
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        under review  ·  25 comments  ·  Client SDK  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Support schema changes with automated reindexing

        Azure Search should support safe schema changes, such as deletion of fields, or maybe even safe field type changes (e.g., int -> string, or string -> string collection)

        595 votes
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          9 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Support case-insensitive comparison in filters

          Searching with text=<xyz> performs a case-insensitive search. However, testing string fields in filters is case-sensitive. There should be a way to do a case-insensitive string comparison in filter expressions.

          563 votes
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            under review  ·  12 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add aggregations functionality

            Expose functionality equivalent to Elasticsearch aggregations

            498 votes
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              8 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Support "swapping" indexes

              Let's say you want to make some changes to an index, like changing from tokenized to indexed or from Edm.String to Collection(Edm.String), ... or even re-index all the data with some additional information.

              It would be great if we could have a "production" and a "staging" slot in an index (similar to Cloud Services for example) where we can do whatever we need to do in the staging slot, and as soon as we're ready (all data has been indexed), we simply swap the staging slot to the production slot and from that point on the new index is used.

              481 votes
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                under review  ·  11 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • provide multiselect facets

                When providing a multiselect on the frontend you will need a facet which also provides the non-selected values and their count. The count should than be based on all the other filters, but with the filter on it's own facet ignored.

                For instance: You have a country facet which has 6 values:

                USA, Canada, Mexico, Brasil, Chile, Argentina

                When the user selects USA you send a filter: $filter=country eq USA.

                But in the response your facet is now limited to just USA. But since you want to provide a multiselect you also need the other 5 countries in the facet…

                397 votes
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                  12 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support hierarchical facets

                  Searching in a hierarchy is very common.
                  E.g. Cars/Ford/Accessories

                  384 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Search multiple indexes at once

                    The underlying elasticsearch technology supports making a single search query that searches and ranks results over multiple disparate indexes at once[1], but this functionality is not surfaced through the Azure Search APIs.

                    Adding this would allow a single search to span over indexes with different schemas combined in a single correctly ordered result set.

                    [1]: https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/reference/current/multi-index.html

                    356 votes
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                      4 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Linq2AzureSearch

                      Beeing able to utilize LINQ in order to search in indexes just like LINQ2SQL looks like. The codebase would be simple to write, simple to read and analogous to LINQ2SQL query. Linq2Lucene project (https://github.com/themotleyfool/Lucene.Net.Linq) defines a very nice interface for fast time to market.

                      The Database context would be replaced with a Azure Search context that would wrap all REST based and JSON making the developer only focusing on the most important, Search.

                      Similar, delete and updates would be handled the same way a Linq2SQL handles it in the codebase.

                      Time2Market for Azure Searchbased inventions would be furious.

                      355 votes
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                        under review  ·  5 comments  ·  Client SDK  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Case-insensitive sorting for string fields

                        When querying the index, is it possible to do a case-insensitive $orderby on a string field? For example, we want to sort results by username but preserve the user's choice of casing. While we could workaround this by keeping a normalized version of the username alongside the original data, having this feature built-in would obviously be preferable.

                        346 votes
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                          under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Possibility to delete all documents in an index without deleting and recreating the index

                          You should provide a possibility to delete all documents in an index without having to delete it and creating it again.

                          326 votes
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                            8 comments  ·  REST API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support for Dictionary DataType

                            Dictionary datatype is very common. Often, we'd like to store our data as a dictionary. Currently, I serialize and store it as a string. It'd be great if the dictionary type is supported.

                            259 votes
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                              under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Data Types  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Per index pricing model with no index cap

                              In my scenario I need to offer a single index per tenant. As my SaaS app grows I want to be able to add indexes as new tenants are on-boarded. Currently I have to purchase large blocks of indexes that will go unused until I on-board enough tenants. Then when I hit the cap I have to wither migrate to a new plan or (if I am past the cap of the largest plan) start partitioning tenants across multiple Search Services rather than scaling out from a single service to X number of private/isolated indexes.

                              214 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Multi-tenancy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 175 votes
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                                  18 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add support for field collapsing

                                  I've utilized field collapsing (aka result grouping) quite a bit utilizing Solr. Being able to group results together by a common element, then being able to page and sort based on that result list.

                                  171 votes
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                                    5 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Export/Import search indexes

                                    Allow users to export and import search indexes. Creating a search index via the portal takes quite a bit of time and if the service has to be moved you end up doing it all over again.

                                    133 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Possibility to delete documents that correspond to a filter

                                      It would be useful to be able to remove from an index documents that correspond a specified filter or a facet. Currently you need to retrieve all those documents from the index and only then can you delete them.

                                      128 votes
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                                        4 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Time to Live for data

                                        Also nice to have feature would be to purge data which is more than x days old by issuing explicit command or having TTL on documents.

                                        116 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Support for disaster recovery/failover

                                          This would ensure high availability in case a DC goes offline/down so that customer doesn't need to write data to multiple geo-located accounts

                                          114 votes
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