This story was co-written by Marguerite Reardon.
LAS VEGAS--Microsoft is hoping two new distribution deals will give its Live Search a much-needed boost.
The company is announcing on Wednesday a global deal with Dell that will see Live Search be the default search engine and a Windows Live toolbar bundled on the bulk of consumer and small-business PCs sold by the computer maker over the next three years. That deal is in addition to a five-year deal with Verizon Wireless, which leaked out earlier on Wednesday.
It's the latest effort for Microsoft, which has been trying--and struggling--for the past … Read more