Google Toolbar Update Version 5: Mozilla and IE 8

Google Toolbar LogoFor all the updates from Google Chrome, it’s surprising that Google does not push their updates for Google Toolbar to users. This applies to both their Mozilla and Internet Explorer Version. To get the latest toolbar, it’s all on the user to make the change. With that in mind, Google  announced today it has upgraded their toolbar to version 5 (Beta) for Mozilla, and it’s ready for you to try. Trust us, it’s worth the download. You can get Google’s Mozilla Toolbar 5 Beta right now and see the new bells and whistles. The most interesting upgrade is how opening new tabs will respond like Google Chrome. When you open up a new tab in Mozilla, instead of a blank white page (current default) , you will see small thumbnails of your favorite sites (up to 9). On the side you will see recently-closed and bookmarked pages based on browser history. Google further explains, “you can edit the thumbnails, and all this data remains locally on your browser, which means none of the information about your most viewed sites or recently closed pages will be sent back to Google. If for whatever reason you don’t like this updated new tab page, you can always change it back to a blank page or to the website of your choice through either your Toolbar or Firefox settings.” This version also fixes reported bugs. As usual, should you have any issues Google offers a Google Toolbar help center and Google’s team is also asking for feedback, so keep those suggestions coming to them.

As for Google’s Internet Explorer Google Toolbar,  Version 5 came out of beta late last year. You can read about all the features that were included here. While version 5 works better in Internet Explorer 8 then any previous version, there are still some compatibility issues (i.e. slow loading). Also, as Internert Explorer RC1 has come out of beta, there has been a complete removal of Google’s right click context menu (i.e. no cached pages or backward links). Hopefully this can be fixed in later versions.  Nevertheless, the toolbar is a solid upgrade from the previous version.

We recommend you upgrading your toolbar, and informing your customers too, so everyone can start gaining access to some of the newer features including embedded Google Gadgets.

Adrian Speyer

About The Author: Adrian has over 12 years experience in Digital Marketing and Analytics. He currently works as a Marketing Manager at Vanilla Forums, a modern forum software platform that allows clients to connect and engage their communities and customers. He lives and works in Montreal.

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