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T-Mobile to Drop Google and use Yahoo in Europe

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T-Mobile announced that it will be dropping Google and picking up Yahoo as its preferred mobile search provider in Europe. This is a minor victory for Yahoo, which is in direct competition with Google and Microsoft to put its search engine on mobile phones that can access the Internet. When T-Mobile partnered with Google, it was heralded as one of the first partnerships between a mobile operator and a search provider.

“Well done Yahoo for knocking Google off the Web n Walk home page,” wrote John Delaney, an analyst for Ovum, commenting on the announcement. Web n Walk is T-Mobile’s mobile Internet offering.

Starting this March, T-Mobile customers in 11 European countries will see Yahoo’s mobile oneSearch become the default on their phones. OneSearch is crafted to make it easy for mobile users to get relevant search results and navigate through different categories within search results. Other Yahoo services are also planned, including Flickr, Messenger, Mail, Weather and Finance. Yahoo has 29 mobile operators as oneSearch customers.

The market for mobile branded search services is still young, with no clear leaders. Search providers like Yahoo and Google are betting that there will be strong growth in mobile Internet usage and are willing to spend money trying to become the number one provider.

  • Kate H

    Have you tried Microsoft Office Live Workspace? It offers users the ability to create, save, access, and share documents and files online (5 GB of storage for free!) and fully supports the whole MS Office Suite. There is even a plug-in for MS Office that lets you save your files to your online Workspace directly from whichever Office program you are using. Check it out and let us know what you think!
    MSFT Office Live Outreach

    • Jack

      Being free is not a big deal (most web apps are using the freenium model). Office Live is a pretty weak product (a barebone Sharepoint backend and that’s stripped down to the core) compared to all the other collaborative tools on the market. There’s just too many limitations with it. I would just use Live Mesh — it’s a way more advanced product (and it’s free too).

      Hopefully the web-based Office 2010 will be comparable to eXpresso so that Microsoft can shutdown Office Live.

  • Tom

    Yes that’s why we use eXpresso! I found Office Live was nothing more than check in and check out. With eXpresso we can have multiple people editing the same spreadsheet simultaneously. It’s like google docs for excel.

    • Kate H

      Thanks for the feedback! We are working on addressing collaboration.

      MSFT Office Live Outreach

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