Microsoft have just released the Auto-complete feature for Azure Search to public preview!

As of 28th June Microsoft released their Autocomplete feature, autocomplete is a feature that helps users find potential terms in the index that match the partial term that is being written by the user. Auto term currently has three modes in place, these modes are:

  • OneTerm – This will return a single term which autocompletes the partial term inputted, for example if a user were to type ‘what a wo’ the autocomplete suggestions would look something like ‘women’, ‘wool’ and ‘world’.
  • TwoTerms – This will return a single term and two terms which auto complete part of the partial term inputted, for example if a user were to type ‘what a wo’ the results would look like ‘Wonderful day’, ‘wolf spider’, ‘woman’ and ‘world’.
  • OneTermWithContext – This will return two terms such as the last two terms of the partially inputted query, for example if a user wrote ‘what a wonderful d’ the results would look like ‘wonderful day’ and ‘wonderful dog’.

Autocomplete is also configured to recognise ‘fuzzy matching’ when fuzzy is enabled it compensates for typos or misspellings, it will also propose more relevant results based on the users intent.