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Lenovo loads up on Windows Live Search

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All Lenovo computers worldwide will soon come bundled with Microsoft's Windows Live software, the companies announced Wednesday.

By April, the Windows Live Search portal will be the default Web search service of Lenovo PCs. Installed browsers will also include the Windows Live Toolbar, which uses the Live Search engine, the companies said.

The partnership includes all Lenovo brand computers, including ThinkPad notebooks and ThinkCentre desktops.

The deal marks a big win for Microsoft. Lenovo became the world's third-largest PC company after acquiring IBM's PC business in May 2005.

Lenovo previously installed a suite of Google applications on its PCs, which included the Google browser toolbar and the Google Desktop search application, as well as the search giant's Picasa photo-editing program.

According to Lenovo, the Microsoft Windows Live deal is set to replace the Google preferences.

"Google's search and toolbar (have) been removed as (defaults) for users to access on their Internet browser. However, Google search can still be selected and made a default," Lenovo spokesman Ray Gorman said.

"Independently, we continue to work with Google in other areas of our business," Gorman added. "Today's agreement really supports our strategy to provide customers with a global platform to enhance and customize their online-computing experience."

Lenovo has closed several bundling deals. In 2005, the Chinese company offered a limited amount of PCs loaded with Sun's StarOffice 8, a suite of applications using the OpenDocument format.

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Why would anyone buy a PC...
with a search bar pre-installed?
Posted by umbrae (1073 comments )
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good bang for the buck
if, and that's if, lenovo pcs are good bangs for the buck, i'll buy it. i don't mind changind the default settings. if microsoft subsidizes lenovo and the saving is passed on to me, i'll take it. microsoft has the right to push their own products/services. i have the right to use it or not.
Posted by thanhvn (51 comments )
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Why would anyone buy a PC...
with a search bar pre-installed?
Posted by umbrae (1073 comments )
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good bang for the buck
if, and that's if, lenovo pcs are good bangs for the buck, i'll buy it. i don't mind changind the default settings. if microsoft subsidizes lenovo and the saving is passed on to me, i'll take it. microsoft has the right to push their own products/services. i have the right to use it or not.
Posted by thanhvn (51 comments )
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Windows Live Search SUCKS!!!
You're better off using Google even when searching microsoft.com than using Microsoft's search. I hope Lenovo buyers are smart enough to figure this out.
Posted by fcekuahd (244 comments )
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This is what I do on new PCs
Get the Windows OS setup CD and install a clean OS to get rid of all the crap PC vendors put on it, including the superfluous Google crap that seems to be on every single new PC.
Posted by spacydog (380 comments )
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This is what I do on new PCs
Get the Windows OS setup CD and install a clean OS to get rid of all the crap PC vendors put on it, including the superfluous Google crap that seems to be on every single new PC.
Posted by spacydog (380 comments )
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Windows Live Search SUCKS!!!
You're better off using Google even when searching microsoft.com than using Microsoft's search. I hope Lenovo buyers are smart enough to figure this out.
Posted by fcekuahd (244 comments )
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This is what I do on new PCs
Get the Windows OS setup CD and install a clean OS to get rid of all the crap PC vendors put on it, including the superfluous Google crap that seems to be on every single new PC.
Posted by spacydog (380 comments )
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This is what I do on new PCs
Get the Windows OS setup CD and install a clean OS to get rid of all the crap PC vendors put on it, including the superfluous Google crap that seems to be on every single new PC.
Posted by spacydog (380 comments )
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They better be cheaper in that case
Live Search is pretty bad.

Levano would need to make their computers cheaper in this case, otherwise the customer is getting less value.
Posted by t8 (3716 comments )
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bad? how?
you mean it lacks features? too slow? results aren't relevant? Live is actually full of features and very fast. Relevance of results is pretty subjective - relevant to whom?

Also, since all this stuff is free anyway, why would "Levano" need to make their machines cheaper?
Posted by Nizzuts (35 comments )
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They better be cheaper in that case
Live Search is pretty bad.

Levano would need to make their computers cheaper in this case, otherwise the customer is getting less value.
Posted by t8 (3716 comments )
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bad? how?
you mean it lacks features? too slow? results aren't relevant? Live is actually full of features and very fast. Relevance of results is pretty subjective - relevant to whom?

Also, since all this stuff is free anyway, why would "Levano" need to make their machines cheaper?
Posted by Nizzuts (35 comments )
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start--
settings-- control panel-- add remove programs ( and its cousin in Vista)
Posted by gggg sssss (2285 comments )
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start--
settings-- control panel-- add remove programs ( and its cousin in Vista)
Posted by gggg sssss (2285 comments )
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Apple SUCKs
Apple has the worst computer, if you could call it that.
Posted by iZune (58 comments )
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Oh Please.. Stay Relevant.
This topic doesn't have anything to do with Apple. Why do you need to say something irrelevant at all? Bad bad..
Posted by Gunady (191 comments )
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You're like the town idiot on this site.
You've never made an intelligent comment, have you?
Posted by fcekuahd (244 comments )
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Apple SUCKs
Apple has the worst computer, if you could call it that.
Posted by iZune (58 comments )
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Oh Please.. Stay Relevant.
This topic doesn't have anything to do with Apple. Why do you need to say something irrelevant at all? Bad bad..
Posted by Gunady (191 comments )
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You're like the town idiot on this site.
You've never made an intelligent comment, have you?
Posted by fcekuahd (244 comments )
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Toolbars ..... preinstalled?
Aren't we supposed to be teaching the masses not to download these toolbars and teach them how to tell what spyware is and/or could be?

Anyway, Windows Live isn't a bad option and is just another competitor for the search engine market. In all respects, what difference is this from making Google, Yahoo, or any other the defacto if the company gets money from the company?
Posted by clindhartsen (13 comments )
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Toolbars ..... preinstalled?
Aren't we supposed to be teaching the masses not to download these toolbars and teach them how to tell what spyware is and/or could be?

Anyway, Windows Live isn't a bad option and is just another competitor for the search engine market. In all respects, what difference is this from making Google, Yahoo, or any other the defacto if the company gets money from the company?
Posted by clindhartsen (13 comments )
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How on Earth can a company like "Lenovo"....
... get itself involved in such a deal which will include "all Lenovo brand computers, including ThinkPad notebooks and ThinkCentre desktops..." being pre-loaded with "Windows Live Search" when IBM itself a few months ago released "free search software" particularly directed to "small and midsize businesses". The thing is, after IBM's experience with Microsoft and its OS/2 Operating System and VISTA one or two years away from gaining the attention of certain US Government Agencies... one might have taught that a very good bet by Lenovo would be to shoot for a pre-installation agreement with IBM for Lotus Notes 8.0 along with that "free search software" from IBM rather than settling for a potential "BAG OF TRICKS" from REDMOND to replace those from GOOGLE! Come on now, were not the CHINESE the second place winners in that International Inter-Collegiate Computing Technology Competition why settle for "crap-ware" when those smart Chinese students can be brought on board the Lenovo ship. After all sailing in international waters can get difficult at times when "sea-changing" conditions are experienced from time to time! If anything, take a leaf from those 1st and 3rd place Russians who adore OS/2!

See Usage of eComStation and OS/2 operating systems by the Russians:

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://en.ecomstation.ru/solutions/?action=solutions" target="_newWindow">http://en.ecomstation.ru/solutions/?action=solutions</a>
Posted by Commander_Spock (3123 comments )
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Now, this is what I mean to say....
... the Chinese are smart folks; and, "this year in Tokyo. Tsinghua University in China came in second, while St. Petersburg University of IT, Mechanics and Optics, and Novosibirsk State University, both from Russia, came in third and fifth, respectively." in "the 2007 Association for Computer Machinery's International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC)"; so, once again do they have to "settle for "crap-ware" when those smart Chinese students can be brought on board the Lenovo ship".!
Posted by Commander_Spock (3123 comments )
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How on Earth can a company like "Lenovo"....
... get itself involved in such a deal which will include "all Lenovo brand computers, including ThinkPad notebooks and ThinkCentre desktops..." being pre-loaded with "Windows Live Search" when IBM itself a few months ago released "free search software" particularly directed to "small and midsize businesses". The thing is, after IBM's experience with Microsoft and its OS/2 Operating System and VISTA one or two years away from gaining the attention of certain US Government Agencies... one might have taught that a very good bet by Lenovo would be to shoot for a pre-installation agreement with IBM for Lotus Notes 8.0 along with that "free search software" from IBM rather than settling for a potential "BAG OF TRICKS" from REDMOND to replace those from GOOGLE! Come on now, were not the CHINESE the second place winners in that International Inter-Collegiate Computing Technology Competition why settle for "crap-ware" when those smart Chinese students can be brought on board the Lenovo ship. After all sailing in international waters can get difficult at times when "sea-changing" conditions are experienced from time to time! If anything, take a leaf from those 1st and 3rd place Russians who adore OS/2!

See Usage of eComStation and OS/2 operating systems by the Russians:

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://en.ecomstation.ru/solutions/?action=solutions" target="_newWindow">http://en.ecomstation.ru/solutions/?action=solutions</a>
Posted by Commander_Spock (3123 comments )
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Now, this is what I mean to say....
... the Chinese are smart folks; and, "this year in Tokyo. Tsinghua University in China came in second, while St. Petersburg University of IT, Mechanics and Optics, and Novosibirsk State University, both from Russia, came in third and fifth, respectively." in "the 2007 Association for Computer Machinery's International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC)"; so, once again do they have to "settle for "crap-ware" when those smart Chinese students can be brought on board the Lenovo ship".!
Posted by Commander_Spock (3123 comments )
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Stereotypical Mac hater I guess...
Because he's the stereotypical uninformed Mac hater. Seriously, at
least provide a reason why you hate Macs if you're going to says
so...
Posted by gm2net (25 comments )
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Stereotypical Mac hater I guess...
Because he's the stereotypical uninformed Mac hater. Seriously, at
least provide a reason why you hate Macs if you're going to says
so...
Posted by gm2net (25 comments )
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What are companies Microsoft, Google and Lenovo anyway!
Ask COMMANDER DATA and he will tell you just as how Christopher Columbus and the Founding Fathers found out that Native Americans were already living in America when they arrive; then, DATA already exists all around us and is ever present. So, just how important are companies like Microsoft, Google, Lenovo... in users lives when DATA can be accessed in pervasive computing ways and in the commodities world in which we live with devices such as iPods, BlackBerries, Cellular Phones et cetera, et cetera. Question: Does one need to "search" for DATA (and encounter all those ads) when you know where it resides? On top of all of this, what informs one's judgement with regards to the selection of the analytical "tools" when it comes to decision-making!
Posted by Commander_Spock (3123 comments )
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Think Meds!
Back on the meds for you Commander!
Posted by sreynard (54 comments )
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What are companies Microsoft, Google and Lenovo anyway!
Ask COMMANDER DATA and he will tell you just as how Christopher Columbus and the Founding Fathers found out that Native Americans were already living in America when they arrive; then, DATA already exists all around us and is ever present. So, just how important are companies like Microsoft, Google, Lenovo... in users lives when DATA can be accessed in pervasive computing ways and in the commodities world in which we live with devices such as iPods, BlackBerries, Cellular Phones et cetera, et cetera. Question: Does one need to "search" for DATA (and encounter all those ads) when you know where it resides? On top of all of this, what informs one's judgement with regards to the selection of the analytical "tools" when it comes to decision-making!
Posted by Commander_Spock (3123 comments )
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Think Meds!
Back on the meds for you Commander!
Posted by sreynard (54 comments )
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*shrug*... makes no diff to me:
The very first thing I do w/ a new laptop is to boot off of a Knoppix CD to check functionality, then I promptly flush the hard drive and install some variant of Linux on it (Fedora, SuSE, Ububtu... depends on needs).

On the business side, the very first thing I do with a new laptop is to check functionality, flush the hard drive, and install a company-blessed OS image - which one depends on destination.

/P
Posted by Penguinisto (5042 comments )
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Then you should buy the box without an OS preinstalled
eom
Posted by fcekuahd (244 comments )
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*shrug*... makes no diff to me:
The very first thing I do w/ a new laptop is to boot off of a Knoppix CD to check functionality, then I promptly flush the hard drive and install some variant of Linux on it (Fedora, SuSE, Ububtu... depends on needs).

On the business side, the very first thing I do with a new laptop is to check functionality, flush the hard drive, and install a company-blessed OS image - which one depends on destination.

/P
Posted by Penguinisto (5042 comments )
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Then you should buy the box without an OS preinstalled
eom
Posted by fcekuahd (244 comments )
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Toolbar - is good!
I think a great solution for pc manufacturers is to build their own brand name toolbars. Why not? <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.besttoolbars.net" target="_newWindow">http://www.besttoolbars.net</a> is the top software for building your OWN toolbar. I think toolbars are useful ? and what great chance to promote you to everybody!
Posted by NeuNick (2 comments )
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Toolbar - is good!
I think a great solution for pc manufacturers is to build their own brand name toolbars. Why not? <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.besttoolbars.net" target="_newWindow">http://www.besttoolbars.net</a> is the top software for building your OWN toolbar. I think toolbars are useful ? and what great chance to promote you to everybody!
Posted by NeuNick (2 comments )
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