Google Toolbar for Firefox Has Been Discontinued
Written by Alan Thursday, 21 July 2011 07:33
The end of an era is coming for many Firefox users. Google is discontinuing their Toolbar add-on for the Mozilla web browser. Many users were surprised to when Google failed to update the toolbar for Firefox 5, even though it would have been an easy task. After enabling the Add-on Compatibility Reporter, most of the features still worked well in Firefox 5.
The wasn’t any official announcement, but instead a brief post to Google Toolbar Help broke the news. “Google Toolbar for Firefox is compatible with Firefox version 4 or older. If you use Firefox version 5 or newer, you won’t be able to use Google Toolbar.”
Google offers a long list of individual add-ons to replace Toolbar, but most users are unlikely to bother, given the amount of work involved in installing each feature as stand-alone. However, some feature of the Toolbar are now a part of the browser itself, such as Find and Spell-Check.
The Google Toolbar is still fully supported in Internet Explorer. Ironically, it is following the same path as the Bing Toolbar, which also dropped Firefox support, but continues to available for IE.