Hewlett Packard’s notebooks will now be equipped with a default Microsoft live search engine.
The default search engine setting in the browser on all HP consumer PCs will also be set to Microsoft Live Search. The Live Search-enabled toolbar for HP customers will take advantage of the user experience capabilities of Microsoft Silverlight.
“This agreement with HP is a strategic indicator of our increased focus on securing broad-scale distribution for Live Search,” said Kevin Johnson, president of the Platforms and Services Division at Microsoft. “This is the most significant distribution deal for Live Search that Microsoft has ever done, and we are very pleased to be partnering with HP to help bring Live Search to millions of consumers across North America.”
“This agreement provides HP customers with an outstanding search product in Live Search, as well as a user-friendly, fully customizable way to access their favorite online services,” said Ulf Claesson, vice president of Worldwide Attach at HP. “Microsoft shares HP’s passion for delivering world-class technology to consumers in meaningful ways, and today’s announcement will help to provide an even more personal computing experience for HP customers.”
Apart from the customization capabilities within the buttons, the toolbar will also include easy access to a variety of online services and tools, such as Snapfish by HP and HP customer support.
The Live Search-enabled notebooks will be available in the US and Canadian markets from January 2009.