HP PCs to Have Bing as Default Search Engine and MSN Homepage

HP Slate is a collaboration between Microsoft and HP alright for the HP Slate, albeit only for the OS and technology. However, other than that, HP will take the OS collaboration one step ahead for laptops and PCs, by setting the default search engine on browsers to Bing and the default homepage to MSN.com.

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This would not have been possible without a solid contract between both HP and Microsoft. So starting now, every HP PC or laptop/netbook sold in 2010, and in the future (till the contract lasts) will have this as the default configuration, in 32 countries that is.

One thing is for sure, this deal will give a bigger market share and MSN.com more hits. However, this may only be true for IE8. The European union has already set a verdict on allowing choices for the browser one can install on a PC, so this applies to PCs sold by HP in the EU.

Will this create an issue with the Antitrust? Of course it may, there must be some sort of choice available to users to choose the default search engine, the home page on the other hand is fine, but yes expect some fireworks to come out of this by Google at-least.

2 thoughts on “HP PCs to Have Bing as Default Search Engine and MSN Homepage”

  1. This is a tough issue… to say the least. Whatever happened to that case awhile ago about Microsoft and the fact that they put Internet explorer in their operating systems?

    Personally… I don't have a problem with Microsoft putting Internet explorer and setting it default to their Search engine, after all Microsoft did create the operating system, so shouldn't they have the freedom to set their operating system the way the way want? Just like the Mac system has Safari.

    Till then,

    Jean

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