Instant desktop web search

Friday, July 24th, 2009


Yahoo has partnered up with US company DeviceVM to bring ‘instant search’ to PC desktops. DeviceVM’s product, Splashtop, already lets users access email, chat, share photos or surf the Web seconds after turning on their PC, and from September, Splashtop-powered PCs will provide a Yahoo branded search box on start-up, bypassing the user’s regular Web browser and search engine.

With Splashtop already pre-installed on 10 million PCs including brands such as Sony, Acer and LG, and estimates that this will reach 40 million by the end of this year, instant search is one of the ways Yahoo hopes to reclaim market share from search giant, Google.

We’ll be interested to see if this deal has as dramatic an impact on market share as Yahoo hopes.

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Mark started in the Internet industry in 1994 working with one of Canterbury’s first Internet Service Providers. In 1997 Rocket launched New Zealand Tourism Online and then Avatar Web Promotions in 1998. New Zealand Tourism Online was sold to Telecom Yellow Pages in 2006. Mark enjoys meeting with Avatar’s clients and strategising winning Web solutions. When not at Avatar HQ, Mark’s into playing tennis, going on family camping trips and supporting the private space industry.

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