Toshiba Adds More Google Software Preloads5:07 PM EST Tue. Oct. 17, 2006
Toshiba plans to expand the menu of Google software preloaded in some of its notebooks.
Starting next year, Toshiba will offer Picasa, Google Desktop, a browser search toolbar, GoogleTalk and Google as the default search provider in its business notebooks, such as the Tecra. Ad Aware and security software won't be included.
"Our deal [with Google] is expanding Jan. 1," said Jeff Barney, vice president of marketing for Toshiba's Digital Products Division, Irvine, Calif.
Earlier this year, Google rolled out Google Pack, which includes Ad Aware and security software, in addition to several other applications. And last week, Google launched Google Docs, which combines Writely, the online word processor it acquired this year, and Google Spreadsheet.
The Mountain View, Calif.-based search-and-software company continues to press for eyeballs in the PC space after signing a similar deal with Dell earlier this year. Besides providing preloaded software for Dell computers, Google maintains a Dell startup page for Dell customers that offers a portal showcasing Google and Dell news, services and products.