Windows Live Product Search from Microsoft
A lot of buzz going on right now about the possible launching of Windows Live Academic Search sometime soon, but LiveSide also has the inside scoop on a new shopping search offering for Windows Live.
In a manner similar to Froogle, Product Search performs price comparison on products and allows the user to refine the search results by category, brand, seller or specific keywords.
Maintaining the same feel as the other Windows Live Search services, Product Search also includes the richness slider, allowing users to show or hide metadata relating to the products. It is also rumoured that as well as including expert or user-provided buying guides, Product Search will also provide access to discussions on products from articles and blog posts, something Froogle does not yet do.
So, simple rundown, in what sounds like it will be pulling some of the best features of Froogle and Yahoo Shopping Search, Live Windows Product Search should be offering:
* Price Comparison
* Category, Keyword or Seller searches
* MSN Search Sliders
* User reviews and ratings
* Expert guide product info
* Blog and news content to help with purchasing decision
* Tracking of price changes
* Price drop notification