Three Major Announcements from Microsoft Regarding Live Search

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and President, Entertainment & Devices Division Robbie Bach took to the stage at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to make three major announcements about Live Search.

They are:

  • Dell: Beginning February 1, Dell will offer Live Search on the majority of its consumer and small business PCs in 23 countries around the world. Live Search will be the default search engine in the browser, and Dell will also include a Live Search-powered toolbar and Windows Live Essentials on new PCs. Last year, Microsoft struck a deal with HP to ship the Live Search toolbar on 2009 PCs.
  • Verizon Wireless: Verizon Wireless has selected Microsoft to provide portal, local and Internet search as well as mobile advertising services to customers on its devices beginning the first half of 2009. Microsoft beat out Google, who was also courting Verizon.
  • Live Search for Mobile: Microsoft is releasing an update to the Live Search for Mobile client for Windows Mobile phones. The update will include several new features, including Query Autosuggest, Bird's Eye View imagery, and LocateMe, which helps people automatically know their approximate location, even without GPS.

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