Update: Please note that Microsoft has removed the product scout website again. It is no longer available.
The Windows Product Scout is a new addition to Microsoft's Windows homepage.
The free service offers product and software recommendations on a weekly basis. All item suggestions are fully compatible with Windows 7 and take advantage of the operating system's feature set.
For some, it looks like clever placed advertisement, and that is surely one of the ideas behind Windows Product Scout.
But the new service can offer advice that some users need when making decisions to buy new hardware for the operating system.
The suggested products are displayed in groups with four items displayed at the same time. Each item leads to a short description on page with links to buy now and visit the manufacturer.
New products are added to Windows Product Scout on a regular basis. All products are certified to work with Windows 7, which means that users do not have to consider compatibility problems when making purchases.
Here is the listing of all available product groups:
Windows Media Center
Windows Connect Now
Connect And Communicate
Media and Entertainment
Photos and Creativity
Printing and Productivity
There are also options to search and filter items, as the default display mode is not providing the best overview of the recommended product items.
It is possible to filter by type, device or Windows 7 feature. That could be interesting for some users who like to use a specific feature but have a hard time finding a device or software that is fully compatible with the feature.
Then again, a simple search on the Internet may reveal similar information.
Head over to the Windows Product Scout page at Microsoft to take a look for yourself if this sounds interesting enough to give it a try.
Update: Microsoft appears to have removed the product scout website again from the Windows website. while not entirely the same, you can check out Microsoft produced hardware devices here instead.
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