Microsoft has struck a deal with Toshiba to preinstall OneNote, its note-taking software, on laptops and Tablet PCs.
Toshiba will deliver OneNote preinstalled on laptops and Tablet PCs introduced after 21 October, the date Microsoft officially launches its latest Office products, including OneNote.
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The first Toshiba product to come with OneNote is a Satellite laptop, said Terry Cronan, director of customer marketing for Toshiba's computer systems group.
Satellite is Toshiba's laptop line for consumers, small and medium-sized businesses and the public sector.
The deal, to be announced at the World PC Expo event in Japan, is the first so-called OEM (original equipment manufacturer) agreement for OneNote.
The agreement with Toshiba is not exclusive, said Bobby Moore, product manager for OneNote at Microsoft. "OEM deals are a great way to deliver OneNote. You could imagine that we are talking with other OEMs, but we do see Toshiba as a leader in this space."
Hewlett-Packard and IBM, together with Toshiba form the world's top three mobile computer suppliers.
OneNote will cost $199. A $100 promotional mail-in rebate is offered to make the product more attractive.
Last month Toshiba announced it would give away the product to certain schools and colleges and offer special academic pricing.
Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service