It looks like Google is beating out Microsoft yet again. This time the deal is for Dell bundling the Google toolbar on up to a 100 million desktops for $1,000,000,000.
Bob Kaufman, a spokesman for Dell, the world's leading personal computer maker, said his company is evaluating Google software that PC customers could use to search both the public Web and for local information stored on their PCs.
"We can confirm that we are running a test with Google that could include a Google-powered Dell home page, Google desktop search and a Google Toolbar," Kaufman told Reuters.
Older Dell products used MyWay as the default search provider. The change to Google will probably kill off about 1/2 to 1/3 of Ask Jeeves reach.
The Wall Street Journal also notes that on top of Google wanting to load up their software they also want the default search box in Dell's Internet Explorer browsers to point at Google:
Google also wants Dell to use its service to by default run the built-in search box that will appear on the new version of Explorer. Such an agreement would circumvent some of Google's sticking points with Microsoft's new browser.
If Dell does that will Microsoft raise Windows licensing fees?