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Microsoft partners with HP to increase usage of its Live Search service

Microsoft has signed a deal with HP to install a Live Search-enabled toolbar on all HP consumer PCs planned to ship in US and Canada, beginning in January 2009. As part of the deal, the default search engine setting in the browser on all HP consumer PCs will also be set to Microsoft Live Search.

Microsoft has signed a deal with HP to install a Live Search-enabled toolbar on all HP consumer PCs planned to ship in US and Canada, beginning in January 2009. As part of the deal, the default search engine setting in the browser on all HP consumer PCs will also be set to Microsoft Live Search.

Kevin Johnson, president, Platforms and Services Division, Microsoft, has said, “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 agreement between Microsoft and HP is being seen as yet another attempt by Microsoft to battle Google’s rising dominance of the search market. Recently, Microsoft had announced a cashback rewards program to users of its Live Search service.

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