2pnet.net News:- ‘Consumer’ freedom of has taken another heavy blow with news that Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard will plant the former’s search engine on millions of HP computers.
Yahoo and Acer have aready agreed to use Yahoo as the default Search Engine on Acer Computers, says Search Engine Watch.
Now, the new alliance, “unites two companies trying to catch up to the longtime leaders in their respective fields,” says the Associated Press, going on:
“The agreement requires HP to set up its desktop and notebook PCs in North America so Yahoo’s search engine appears in the toolbar of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7 …”
Google and Dell came to much the same arrangement in May.
“Yahoo didn’t disclose how much it will pay HP to spotlight its search engine – a detail that Google also left out in its Dell deal,” says AP.
For PCs sold in Europe, HP will program the settings so Yahoo will be the automatic home page, says the story, adding:
“Microsoft is counting on the next version of its Windows operating system, due out early next year, to help it become a bigger factor in search engine advertising. Google and Yahoo are hoping their respective deals with the world’s top PC makers will help them counter any advantage that Microsoft may get from its updated operating system.”
Somewhere in there, right close to the bottom, you can be sure, are the buyers of the various computers upon whom Yahoo, et al, will be foisted.
Like it or not.
But why not? After all you, you get Microsoft Windows on everything.
Like it or not.
Search Engine Watch - Yahoo Toolbar To Be Installed On HP Computers IE7 Browsers, September 29, 2006
Associated Press – Yahoo teams up with HP on search engine, September 28, 2006
same arrangement – Google, Dell deal confirmed, May 26, 2006