Dead, more like it.
“We’re sorry. Windows Live Shopping Beta does not yet support Firefox.
Weâ€™re working to correct this as soon as possible”.Â
“Correct”? Why don’t they just get it right at the specification stage. Aren’t we heading backwards with all this browser dependent nonsense, or is this just the beginnings of Microsoft reasserting their browser lock-in advantage? No wonder Google are worried.
I fired up IE. Looks pleasant, although all that Ajax-y stuff slows things down and adds very little real value, in my opinion. Perhaps I’m missing something.
“What is it? It is the beta launch of Microsoftâ€™s Web 2.0 shopping experience, featuring one of the worldâ€™s largest product catalogs, user-created content and an easier-to-use interface built on 100% AJAX technology. It uses a unified shopping engine to search or browse almost 40 million products from 7,000 stores ranging from many of the countryâ€™s leading retailers to eBay. Results are displayed in an order that is not affected by advertising; merchants cannot pay to have their items show up closer to the top. Users will be able to drag-and-drop items to a shopping list and share lists with friends; see user reviews of products and sellers; and read and create public shopping guides on any subject”.