Lenovo agrees to preload Windows Live services on new PCs

Summary:Finally, a piece of good news for the Microsoft Windows Live/Online Services unit, courtesy of Lenovo.

Finally, a piece of good news for the Microsoft Windows Live/Online Services unit.

On March 13, Lenovo and Microsoft announced an agreement via which Lenovo will preload certain Windows Live services on ThinkPad notebooks, ThinkCentre desktops and Lenovo-branded PCs. Among the services included are the Windows Live Toolbar and access to Web search via Live.com. The deal marks the first OEM win for Windows Live -- and comes at the expense of Google, with whom Lenovo had a Web search bundling deal.

Microsoft's OEM division has been working on cementing Windows Live preload deals for more than a year. Microsoft rival Google has been striking similar OEM deals for its Web services, including a much-publicized agreement last year with Dell Computer.

Topics: Lenovo

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Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Se... Full Bio

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