Yahoo software and links to be featured on HP machines

By Derek Sooman on
Yahoo has signed a deal with Hewlett-Packard to have Yahoo search and other services appear on HP personal computers, it has emerged. Under the terms of the deal, HP will feature a co-branded Yahoo/HP Internet toolbar on HP computers, and will make Yahoo the default search service on their machines. Financial terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed.

Effective immediately, Yahoo's home page will be featured on HP consumer PCs in Europe. In North America, HP consumer PCs will be supplied with an Internet browser toolbar that contains Yahoo links, and Yahoo will be the preferred search service used on HP machines when IE 7 is released.

A multiyear distribution deal that Yahoo made with Acer, a PC maker, calls for Yahoo Web services to be featured on Acer computers. Acer is the top supplier of PC notebooks in Europe.

Similarly, Yahoo has existing deals to feature its Web search tools with major broadband communications providers in Britain, Canada and the United States.

Google is involved in similar efforts. That company has signed several deals with Dell, Adobe and Intuit to feature Google software. Recently, however, Yahoo has picked up pace and has signed deals with Acer, and now with HP.

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