Microsoft launches website to help users choose a computer

The Windows Club is reporting that Microsoft has launched a new service entitled The Collection. This website has been designed to help users choose which type of Windows powered computer to purchase, from netbooks to gaming machines under the categories Everyday, Mobile Companion, Professional, Entertainment and lastly, Gaming.

"There has never been a more exciting time to buy a new PC. Now you can experience the full power of the web with Internet Explorer 9, choose from a wide range models in style, size and colour to suit your lifestyle. With touch screens and tablets that let you get even closer to your content. Whatever you’re looking for in a PC, you’ll find it in The Collection, from Windows."

Once a user has selected one of the five aforementioned categories, they are taken to a new page with suggested models from country specific manufacturers, for the United Kingdom the selection for 'Everyday' machines is Acer, Dell. HP, Packard Bell, Toshiba and Sony. When a specific model is chosen the user is presented with detailed specifications, a short sentence about why Microsoft 'love this PC' and links to at least three stores where the product can be purchased. It also seems that no kind of affiliate system is in place for the links meaning the choices and retailers should remain neutral.

This is a new move for Microsoft aiming to clear up some confusion over which type machines are available for a specific purpose and budget, however it remains to be seen how popular this service will be. If you would like Microsoft to recommend a computer for you click here (UK link).

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Good to see them aiming to make PC's easier to buy for your average user.

Also, that PC Gaming section should be useful to the consolers that want to try out real gaming.

HopeForP7Update said,

+1

Days? Hours? Maybe they did already?


It's on microsofts site, the windows section the be more specific and it do say it's a collection of PC using windows 7... Nothing to sue about...
It's not like they claim it's a collection of the best computers available, that might have got them in to trouble if it were the case

"The Collection . . . a range of PC's carefully selected to suit you." Or so the website says.

IMO they haven't selected carefully enough. Only two of the PC's featured would suit me.

DJGM said,

"The Collection . . . a range of PC's carefully selected to suit you." Or so the website says.

IMO they haven't selected carefully enough. Only two of the PC's featured would suit me.


Come to think of it, those two PC's would need an Gfx upgrade from Nvidia to AMD/ATi.

TechDudeGeorge said,
Good job it's not Apple. They'd just be 'Buy a mac, PC's suck.. Apple rule so buy now'.

... Of course they would, just like Microsoft isnt mentioning a single Mac on their list...
Do you think that if the list was made by say sony or HP it would mention products made by anyone else?

Jarrichvdv said,
Not impressed, and I don't see anyone using it.

You'd be surprised at how many people will come across this when searching for a new PC. These companies don't invest in these types of projects for no reason.

It definitely needs some more work, but it can be really helpful to those who aren't techies and don't really know what they are looking for. Something simple and easy to use is what people really need. This can do that. And it talks to you!

M_Lyons10 said,
Seems rather limited. I kind of expected you to be able to pick your specs and find something that met them...

Its aimed towards the average user. The average user doesn't know their ass from a hole in the ground when it comes to computer specs.

M_Lyons10 said,
Seems rather limited. I kind of expected you to be able to pick your specs and find something that met them...

Agreed. I will browse Amazon, NewEgg, and Bing Shopping.

warwagon said,

Its aimed towards the average user. The average user doesn't know their ass from a hole in the ground when it comes to computer specs.

Fair enough, but they will know that for instance a 13" screen isn't big enough for them, or maybe what hard drive size they would want. Even the least computer savvy person has SOMETHING that they are looking for in a computer.

Honestly, the website has a lot of promise, but not without your being able to narrow what you're looking for.

still1 said,
All vendor in one place... cool

Good website, especially for the non-technical.
I like that then included Asus VX7 Lamborghini (nVidia Graphics Card)

I will still search Amazon or NewEgg though, and read the reviews.

Marius F said,
lol, why in the professional laptops i don't see any lenovo thinkpad T series ?

Maybe lenovo didn't want to spend money to be put on the list. haha.