Logitech and Google Team Up to Offer One-Touch Access to World’s Largest Search Engine
A New Dimension in the Information Interface
FREMONT, Calif. & MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – August 21, 2001 – Logitech (NASDAQ: LOGIY) (Switzerland: LOGN, LOGZ), provider of one-touch Internet access and navigation through the company’s iTouch™-enabled mice and keyboards, is partnering with Google Inc. to provide consumers with instant access to the award-winning Google search engine. The Google search feature is now available for new customers upon initial installation of MouseWare® Version 9.29 and iTouch software Version 1.70 and above, now shipping with Logitech’s new fall line-up of keyboards announced yesterday. Current users of Logitech scrolling mice and keyboards equipped with search buttons can upgrade to the new software by visiting the company’s web site at www.logitech.com.
"Logitech’s iTouch feature essentially converts mice and keyboards – the two most frequently used peripherals on the desktop – into hardware portals, offering one-touch Internet access and navigation," said Michel Yavercovski, director of the company’s iTouch business. "Through our relationship with Google, we’re taking this concept a step further, offering our customers easy access to the largest index of web pages available on the World Wide Web. By doing this, we’re adding quality content to the one-touch concept."
"We are very excited with this opportunity to partner with Logitech as their search provider in the iTouch package," said Larry Page, co-founder, president of products, Google. "With Google and Logitech working together, we enrich the Internet search and computing experience for all Logitech users."
When users press the "search" button on the Logitech iTouch keyboard, Google will be the pre-configured "search" option within the iTouch environment. Also included in the iTouch suite of offerings are multimedia access and control, instant e-mail and immediate transport to favorite Web sites.
Beginning with iTouch software Version 1.70 and MouseWare Version 9.30, Google will also be listed as a partner in the Logitech® Resource Center (LRC), a software application which resides on the PC desktop of U.S. users and provides direct access to Logitech product information, support and third party value-added services.
Founded in 1981, Logitech designs, manufactures and markets human interface devices and software that link people to digital information and the Internet and enable them to work, play, learn and communicate more effectively in the digital world. The Company’s product family includes Internet video cameras; mice, trackballs and keyboards; PC audio and telephony products; and interactive gaming controllers.
With operational headquarters through its U.S. subsidiary in Fremont, California, and regional headquarters through local subsidiaries in Romanel, Switzerland, and Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C., Logitech International is a Swiss public company traded in Switzerland under the symbols LOGN and LOGZ, and in the U.S. on the Nasdaq National Market System (LOGIY). The company has manufacturing facilities in Asia and offices in major cities in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
About Google Inc.
With the largest index of websites available on the World Wide Web and the industry’s most advanced search technology, Google Inc. delivers the fastest and easiest way to find relevant information on the Internet. Google’s technological innovations have earned the company numerous industry awards and citations, including two Webby Awards; WIRED magazine’s Reader Raves Award; Best Internet Innovation and Technical Excellence Award from PC Magazin e; Best Search Engine on the Internet from Yahoo! Internet Life; Top Ten Best Cybertech from TIME magazine; and Editor’s Pick from CNET. A growing number of companies worldwide, including Yahoo!, AOL/Netscape, and Cisco Systems, rely on Google to power search on their websites. A privately held company based in Mountain View, Calif., Google’s investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital. More information about Google can be found at www.google.com.
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