nicolas leroy

Windows Live Product Search

July 22, 2006

Selon LiveSide, MS s’apprête à sortir un “shopping search” appelé “Windows Live Product Search”:

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.

Je suis curieux de voir la qualité du résultat. Lorqu’un Kelkoo ou un Shopping.com utilisent des bases produit pour créer les filtres (“marque”, “zoom optique”…), Froogle s’appuie sur de la feature extraction. A mon sens, l’expérience utilisateur qui en ressort est moins bonne avec Froogle. Que va apporter MS?

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.

Très intéressant de développer l’aspect social-search sur du shopping. Quelques outsiders sortent des produits de niche (sur la gestion des listes d’achats par exemple), mais les gros ne s’y sont pas encore mis (ok, il y a la Shoposphere de Yahoo!: “peut mieux faire”).

There are some interesting scenarios available for Product Search. Adding it to live.com via a gadget, for example, would allow users to track price movements for particular products from their peronsalised homepage. Another possibility would be using Windows Live Alerts to notify the user that the price has dropped below a pre-specified amount, giving a link to the relevant seller so they can purchase it direct from their mobile device.

Là, ça devient franchement novateur; mais j’ai peur que LiveSide s’enflamme un peu. A voir.

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