Redmond-based IT mammoth Microsoft and HP have now signed a deal that will see the former install a Live Search-loaded toolbar in all HP consumer systems that will be shipped in the US and Canada from January 2009 onwards. The agreement between the two companies will also make Live Search configured as the default search engine of the browser installed on HP's machines.
"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 & 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."
The toolbar set to be used with HP's systems will also provide quick and easy access to various online services like Snapfish (HP's photo service) and HP customer support.