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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.
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post #2 of 11
Great...more bloatware for the masses.
Live Search = suck
toolbars = suck

I guess the HP support link could be helpful to people who have difficulty with navigating the internet though...
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Why would anyone want that?
    
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Dell already adds a Google search bar to their PCs... or is it Yahoo?

It's the epitome of bloatware but if you think about it, the average person wouldn't mind a Windows Live search bar on their start menu.
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Wow is microsoft being sneaky now.

To package live search onto systems with windows they are getting the pc vendor to include it as part of their software package.

If they went down the simple route of bundling all these things with windows then the EU would wallop down another large fine. By getting a leading vendor to include it as part of their software package then it by passes all such problems as microsoft themselves arnt putting it their in the first place for consumers.
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Will this bring the PC price down? I highly doubt it, HP will put the money in the pocket and consumers can expect more spyware on your next pre-installed Windows HP purchase. Sony does this a lot! Why don't they get it that people don't like that kinda clutter?
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Just great more filth for me to clean out of people's PC.
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Why do people make such a big deal out of the dumbest crap? It's a toolbar for god sakes. Anyone who doesn't want it knows how to turn it off or even uninstall it. I could see if it was spyware or something but it's a legit search bar from a legit company that many people ACTUALLY use. Bloatware isn't going anywhere.
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Why do people make such a big deal out of the dumbest crap? It's a toolbar for god sakes. Anyone who doesn't want it knows how to turn it off or even uninstall it. I could see if it was spyware or something but it's a legit search bar from a legit company that many people ACTUALLY use. Bloatware isn't going anywhere.
Thats just it, most people have no idea how to get rid of it.
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And? It's better than the gigs upon gigs of real true useless crap that HP puts on their systems. At least many people might actually find this useful.
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