They should have kept their online service up until the client-side solution was ready! And then some...
From: Windows Azure Marketplace <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 4:32 AM
Subject: Changes to your Bing OCR subscription on Windows Azure Marketplace
To: me (3ice.hu)
Windows Azure Marketplace
Dear OCR Control Developers,
Thank you for using the Bing OCR control since its launch last year. Based on your feedback, we have determined that the best way to serve our OCR capabilities is through a client-side control rather than a server-side control, so we are building a client-side OCR control for release later this year. In the meantime, we will be deprecating the server-side control as of March 12th.
Please migrate your existing applications to other solutions by March 12th.
We appreciate your understanding, and look forward to showing you our new work soon.
-Bing Developer Team
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