According to Liveside.net Microsoft has just launched a brand new page for product search. Microsoft hasn’t improved product search for quite some time, so this might be a sign that they are taking this more seriously. In a previous post I mentioned that Steve Balmer acknowledged the importance of comparison shopping. He also said that they should be able to generate 25% in advertising.
Currently the Live Search for Products doesn’t work, which is pretty silly. Every search results in the following message:
Sorry, we did not find any product results for this search.
If Live Search for Products actually works then it would look like the image below. You are now able to refine the search results by user opinions, brands, category, and price range. Liveside.net concluded that in comparison to the old product search, search results have improved dramatically. Other improvements, although available before as part of the Shopping Search vertical already, include the ability to compare prices and view user ratings and reviews.
The new look of Product Search:
Let’s see if Microsoft will integrate other features soon. I still expect some kind of integration of Jellyfish in their Product Search.