March 14, 2007 12:18 PM PDT
Lenovo loads up on Windows Live Search
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 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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