Microsoft and Lenovo Connect Customers to Integrated Online Services

Posted by sbink on March 14 2007, 5:31 PM. Posted in OEM system builder.

Lenovo to be first PC manufacturer to provide customers worldwide with a new seamless, customizable Web experience through Microsoft Live.com and Live Search.As a part of their continued collaboration, Microsoft Corp. and Lenovo today announced a global agreement to pre-load Windows Live™ services on Lenovo PCs sold worldwide including ThinkPad notebooks, ThinkCentre desktops and Lenovo-branded PCs. In the coming weeks, Lenovo will be the first PC maker to provide its customers worldwide with immediate access to the Microsoft® Live.com portal (http://www.live.com) and Windows Live Toolbar (http://toolbar.live.com) for a more integrated and personalized Web experience as they work, communicate and conduct their day-to-day activities. “Building strong partnerships is a key element of the Windows Live strategy,” said Steve Berkowitz, senior vice president of the Online Services Group at Microsoft. “Working with a globally scaled PC maker like Lenovo, we can help millions of people worldwide use Windows Live services to connect to the people and information they care about most.”“Live Search and Microsoft’s other Windows Live services help our customers work more effectively, whether they are a CIO, road warrior or small-business owner,” said Steve Petracca, vice president and general manager of Lenovo’s Software and Peripherals business unit. “Lenovo will use these services to further strengthen its relationships with customers worldwide by delivering useful PC updates, tools and information through a new portal. Microsoft shares our passion for innovation, and today’s announcement enhances how we support all activities conducted on Lenovo PCs.” With Live.com, customers can easily customize their home page content, create multiple pages based on their interests and add their favorite content from millions of sources of information. The Windows Live Toolbar gives consumers one-click access to Live Search, which enables category searches such as Web, news, images and immersive maps to help them find what they are looking for. Microsoft and Lenovo are committed to developing solutions that combine both companies’ advanced technologies for more productive and personal computing experiences. Microsoft and Lenovo’s continued relationship has delivered additional innovations to customers including optimized Microsoft Windows Vista™ functionality through the self-help tools available on Lenovo PCs, as well as enhanced Tablet PC solutions.