Since Google went ahead and did the deed
with Dell, Yahoo has struck a deal of its own by landing a "multi-year" agreement with Acer
(the world's third largest laptop supplier) to become the default search engine on all future notebooks. Yahoo already has ties with names like TiVo
, and DialPad
, but hopes the "loading zone" -- which appears when an Acer user launches their web browser -- will connect another huge chunk of consumers to all facets of Yahoo content, including local weather, sports, and Yahoo Music
; plans are already in place to ensure that Yahoo (not one of those other competitors
) is the integrated search engine for the forthcoming Internet Explorer 7. While deals such as these certainly aren't surprising, those interested in Acer's hot new Ferraris
might be a little alarmed when they arrive pre-modified, though returning them to stock shouldn't require too much "shop time" at all.