Google and Dell announced a partnership today in a deal that will put the Google Toolbar and Desktop applications on every computer sold. Besides the extra software, Google will also be the default search engine in Internet Explorer.
I actually didn't realize this was news -- the Google Personalized Homepage for Dell has been available for quite some time, and I could have sworn these Google apps were already being installed by default on Dell machines. I guess today it was just made official.
It would be ideal for Google if Dell agreed to put Google Pack on every computer sold. A deal like this would give Google more control over applications installed on those computers -- potentially causing some uncomfort for Microsoft. That might be too much to ask for initially, but I wouldn't be surprised if this is in the cards.
An interesting sentence from the New York Times article (linked above) quotes Eric Schmidt as saying this would be first of several agreements with Dell. What other projects could Google partner with a computer manufacturer on? Maybe the rumored Google Cube, or even Goobuntu (the Goobuntu rumor has pretty much been squashed, but wouldn't it be cool?).