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Official Google Toolbar now available for Mozilla Firefox

Postby Andrew T. » Thu 07 Jul, 2005 10:01 pm

The official Google Toolbar, previously available only for Microsoft Internet Explorer, is now available in beta form for Mozilla Firefox as well.

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The Google Toolbar for Firefox appears to closely duplicate the features of its Internet Explorer counterpart, except of course the Popup Blocker which is a feature present in Firefox to begin with.

This is interesting news, not only because other websites like Yahoo! have recently began to offer Firefox-compatible toolbars of their own as well, but because the Google Toolbar in particular had been unofficially cloned for Mozilla (suite and Firefox) as the Googlebar months before.

But...
System requirements wrote: • Windows XP/2000 SP3+, Mac OS X 10.2+, or Red Hat Linux 8.0+
• Firefox 1.0+


(Note to anyone curious: It is possible to attempt installing the Google Toolbar on Windows 9x, but a script error appears when Mozilla Firefox starts and the toolbar itself will be nonfunctional.)
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Re: Official Google Toolbar now available for Mozilla Firefo

Postby Antony » Thu 07 Jul, 2005 10:04 pm

Thanks for the good news. Are there Google Toolbar for Safari?

Andrew T. wrote:But...
System requirements wrote: • Windows XP/2000 SP3+, Mac OS X 10.2+, or Red Hat Linux 8.0+
• Firefox 1.0+
it's surprise to see that Mac OS X platform is also supported.
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Postby Antony » Thu 07 Jul, 2005 10:31 pm

Hmm, it seems to be same as the Google Toolbar for MSIE.
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Problem number 1: The search field box is very weird. It clearly does not comply with Apple's Human Interface Guideline. (please see the screenshot below)
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Postby Antony » Fri 08 Jul, 2005 1:42 am

Tried to install it in Netscape 8, it does not work :-(
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Postby beanboy89 » Fri 08 Jul, 2005 11:22 pm

It also looks like Google has introduced two other extensions for Mozilla Firefox other than the Google Toolbar.

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Postby Antony » Sat 09 Jul, 2005 12:18 am

Cool.

If you remember the news regarding Mozilla Firefox's main developer Ben Goodger works for Google (reference)

This could be one of the main reason we now have Firefox toolbars from Google.

(Note: This post indicates my speculation only.)
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Postby Antony » Sun 10 Jul, 2005 3:05 am

Google Toolbar is now hosted in Mozilla Update? https://addons.mozilla.org/google/google_toolbar.html

So you don't need to allow "google.com" website to add anything to your Firefox? (addons.mozilla.org is in the default allowed list)

This is an unfair advantage for Google Toolbar.

I wonder if Mozilla Update would provide similar "convenience" for Yahoo!, MSN or any other competitors (if they have similar toolbars.)
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Postby Antony » Tue 27 Sep, 2005 11:40 am

This Google Toolbar is now in official final version.
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Postby Mandrake » Tue 27 Sep, 2005 12:33 pm

Antony wrote:Google Toolbar is now hosted in Mozilla Update? https://addons.mozilla.org/google/google_toolbar.html

So you don't need to allow "google.com" website to add anything to your Firefox? (addons.mozilla.org is in the default allowed list)

This is an unfair advantage for Google Toolbar.

I wonder if Mozilla Update would provide similar "convenience" for Yahoo!, MSN or any other competitors (if they have similar toolbars.)


It is an advantage, but the Mozilla Foundation does get a substantial amount of funding from Google in return for having Google set as the default, and preferred, search engine in Firefox.
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Postby James » Tue 27 Sep, 2005 3:22 pm

Would it ever been seen as either conceivable or advantageous for Google to purchase FF/TB outright and develop their own browser suite? I'm sure you remember the hopes some had back a few years ago that IBM or Sun or some company would purchase the failing Netscape. Is it even a remote possibility? Would it be desireable? :?:
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Postby DJGM » Tue 27 Sep, 2005 4:27 pm

There was a report last year that Google was to acquire the Mozilla Foundation.

It was an (ever so slightly obvious) April Fools joke!

Antony wrote:I wonder if Mozilla Update would provide similar "convenience" for Yahoo!, MSN
or any other competitors (if they have similar toolbars.)


The day that Microsoft produce any sort of toolbar or other extension for Mozilla Firefox, is the day
that Beelzebub starts wearing woolly sweaters and says, "Brrr, it's getting a bit cold down here!"
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Re: Official Google Toolbar now available for Mozilla Firefo

Postby north450 » Wed 28 Sep, 2005 2:13 pm

Andrew T. wrote:The official Google Toolbar, previously available only for Microsoft Internet Explorer, is now available in beta form for Mozilla Firefox as well.

Image

The Google Toolbar for Firefox appears to closely duplicate the features of its Internet Explorer counterpart, except of course the Popup Blocker which is a feature present in Firefox to begin with.

This is interesting news, not only because other websites like Yahoo! have recently began to offer Firefox-compatible toolbars of their own as well, but because the Google Toolbar in particular had been unofficially cloned for Mozilla (suite and Firefox) as the Googlebar months before.

But...
System requirements wrote: • Windows XP/2000 SP3+, Mac OS X 10.2+, or Red Hat Linux 8.0+
• Firefox 1.0+


(Note to anyone curious: It is possible to attempt installing the Google Toolbar on Windows 9x, but a script error appears when Mozilla Firefox starts and the toolbar itself will be nonfunctional.)

will it work for windows98se
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