Microsoft Live Search Toolbar to Be Distributed on HP PCs

Microsoft today announced that it has won a key distribution deal with HP, the world's largest PC manufacturer, to install a Live Search-enabled toolbar on all HP consumer PCs planned to ship in the United States and Canada, beginning in January 2009. As part of this deal, the default search engine setting in the browser on all HP consumer PCs will also be set to Microsoft Live Search.

Microsoft is building a custom, Live Search-enabled toolbar for HP customers that takes advantage of the exceptional user experience capabilities of Microsoft Silverlight. The toolbar will provide HP with customization capabilities within the buttons on the toolbar, providing quick and easy access to a variety of online services and tools, such as Snapfish by HP, the company's online photo service, and HP customer support.

Microsoft's search engine, the third most popular, will replace Yahoo! Inc.'s as the default on Hewlett-Packard machines.

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If you would stop wasting time purchasing the "market price leaders" and actually go to HP's website, order a workstation class machine (which has the option of no crapware), you would have a PC that is 10 times the quality of anything you could buy of the shelf, a solid steel case, quality mosfits, solid state(no leaky) rds modules etc. You cannot build one of higher quality than the business class HP computers. No crapware and the highest build quality on the market. Same goes for their severs...no comparision.

This doesn't really offset the amount of people who have invested a lot of time in learning and developing Flash. HP's sales are still insignificant compared to the amount of Flash installs. I guess this is just a small test for Microsoft?

Yay. Replace one junkware to uninstall with another.
I hate all those toolbars, like someone else said, they're so useless since browsers have the search thing already built-in.

(acidphosphatase said @ #7)

oh yeah. I seen ton of toolbars on some user computers. I have to uninstall them all. so there IE would load faster.

I don't know about IE's problems but not all extensions involve a toolbar... there's a difference between useful functionality and corporate branding.

Tip: After buying a laptop and creating the recovery CD, I would either:

  • Uninstall all pre-installed crapware from the manufacturer
  • Have a fresh & clean reinstall of the OS.

Exactly. Fresh installs make those OEM pre-built computers run 10x better. I've seen so many "new" computers that people bought that were pre-built that ran like absolute crap because of all the junk they pre-install.

More crapware news (even if some applications pre-installed can be useful for some).

At least toolbars are not that crappy as those game shortcuts or internet provider offers or trial versions of anti virus software.

I don't know how many of you have bought HP PCs recently but they all come with Yahoo toolbar currently and it's preinstalled in the taskbar, taking up a lot of real estate. So basically this is nothing but a switch from Yahoo to Microsoft. As was mentioned, MS, Yahoo and Google all have distribution deals.

I just bought one yesterday.

The stupid thing was so damned slow when I got it. I used it for about 5 minutes, said "Screw this", reinstalled a clean copy of Vista, and It runs beautifully.

(MioTheGreat said @ #4.1)
I just bought one yesterday.

The stupid thing was so damned slow when I got it. I used it for about 5 minutes, said "Screw this", reinstalled a clean copy of Vista, and It runs beautifully.


Exactly what I had to do when I bought my dv6710ea a few months ago.

I went down the tedious route of cleaning everything off that was useless. Got a great laptop (tx2100) a couple of weeks ago, but had to spend (I kid you not) A FULL DAY un-bloating the thing from the pre-installed junk.

The only part of PC buying I don't like.

(JoeC said @ #4.3)
I went down the tedious route of cleaning everything off that was useless. Got a great laptop (tx2100) a couple of weeks ago, but had to spend (I kid you not) A FULL DAY un-bloating the thing from the pre-installed junk.

The only part of PC buying I don't like.

does it really take a whole day to wipe a harddrive and install windows? Unless your copy of Vista Ultimate came on floppy disks...(!)

(macf13nd said @ #4.4)

does it really take a whole day to wipe a harddrive and install windows? Unless your copy of Vista Ultimate came on floppy disks...(!) :)

Nope. It takes maybe half an hour from popping in the DVD to a working desktop.

(El Sid said @ #3)
I fail to see how "SearchBar"s are useful anymore, especially given that both Firefox and IE7 have integrated search boxes.

I agree, in fact every time I face a new Dell with the Google stuff, I uninstall Google Toolbar and Google Desktop. I then send Google a scathing email explaining why I hate their software when they ask me why I uninstalled them.

As a consumer I fail to see why I should feel anything other than revulsion. The language would seem to imply that Microsoft/HP think we should be grateful for this most "philanthropic" act in their part.

They can keep their toolbars and craplets, of which I desire none and be confident in the knowledge that all of these OEM's are wasting their time by even bothering to image their hard disks in the first place because they will not even be booted.

At least it's not a "trial" or an "evaluation", and it isn't hard to uninstall. Many home users will find this a very nice addition to their brand new computer.

(El Sid said @ #1.1)
At least it's not a "trial" or an "evaluation", and it isn't hard to uninstall. Many home users will find this a very nice addition to their brand new computer.

Not me. Oh, wait, it's easy to uninstall, add all the junk you want now!

(Tha Bloo Monkee said @ #1.2)

Not me. Oh, wait, it's easy to uninstall, add all the junk you want now!

That's no change to the current system. At least this will be useful, and not some crappy trial like "30 Days of MS Office 2007" etc