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May 25, 2006 at 2:19 PM

Google and Dell: What’s the big deal?

As expected, Dell is going to preload some Google software on new PCs. It’s kind of interesting, but it’s not as dramatic as it sounds.

Dell and other PC makers have been hawking their desktop real estate for years, offering to preload the applications of practically anyone willing to pay for the space. Most are Microsoft competitors – AOL, RealNetworks and Corel — and their presence in the bundle hasn’t guaranteed victory.

Henry Blodget dissected the deal from an investor’s perspective, concluding “this still isn’t good news.”

If you can’t wait for that new Dell, the same Google software is available free here.

Frankly. new PCs are starting to feel like a cheesy strip mall, with all the software and promotions loaded onto the desktop and stuffed in the box. Here’s a list of software — in addition to Windows — that was on a recently purchased Dell Dimension 5150:

Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Reader

Dell Direct Download

Sonic Cineplayer

Software

McAfee Security Center, 90 Day

Music Match 10.1 Software

EarthLink ISP Software

QuickBooks Simple Start Special Edition

Image Restore Software

Support Software

Operating System CD

AOL ISP Software

AOL 8.0 ISP Software

Photo Album 6.0 Starter

No Productivity Suite – Corel WordPerfect word processor only

AOL 9.0 ISP Software

Windows Media Player

AOL 9.0 ISP Software

To avoid getting lost in the pile, perhaps Google should avoid the middleman and start paying consumers directly to load the software on their PCs.

Comments | Topics: Dell, Google

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