Users Can Now Customize their Search Experience with Latest Version of
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., January 30, 2006 - Google Inc.
today announced the latest version of Google Toolbar and a new Google
Toolbar for Enterprise. The new beta versions of Google Toolbar for
Internet Explorer are open and customizable, with new features that
enable users to customize their search experience and share information
Google Toolbar was designed to make the Internet easier to use and help
people find the information they are looking for as quickly and easily
as possible. The new versions of Google Toolbar now offer customizable
buttons, online bookmarks, enhanced search features, new sharing
capabilities, and an open API. Google Toolbar for Enterprise beta also
includes administration and control for business environments.
"Now we're putting the tools of innovation in the hands of our
users," said Marissa Mayer, VP of search products and user experience
at Google. "We've opened up the Google Toolbar to enable them to
create their own features and customize their search experience."
Users can now personalize their Toolbar through the addition of Custom
Buttons. Custom Buttons enable users to run search queries directly on
any website, receive alerts, and subscribe to feeds, right from their
Toolbar. For example, news enthusiasts can now add Custom Buttons to
search all their favorite news and see top news stories directly from
their Toolbar, putting the information they need at their finger tips,
right when they want it.
Google offers users three ways to get Custom Buttons. They can create
their own by simply right clicking the search box on any website and
selecting "Generate Custom Search". They can install a Toolbar
button offered on one of their favorite websites. Or, they can select
ready made buttons from Google's new Button Gallery. Currently, more
than 50 buttons are available, including a variety of Custom Buttons
for popular websites. The Button Gallery will display new third-party
Custom Buttons as they are created. A simple XML API is now available
for content publishers to create more advanced Custom Buttons for their
The new version of Google Toolbar also enables users to create, label
and manage bookmarks for their favorite sites with a single click.
Bookmarks are now saved to a user's Google Account making them
accessible from any computer. For example, if a user bookmarks an
interesting news article at work that they want to read later, they can
now easily access it from their home computer.
Additional product enhancements include expanded search functionality
that offer users helpful query suggestions and spelling corrections as
they type in the search box. Enhanced sharing capabilities allow users
to easily send and share web page content via Gmail, SMS, or a blog by
selecting the section of page they want to share and clicking the new
"Send To" button.
With this release, Google is also offering a new version of the Toolbar
for enterprise environments. Google Toolbar for Enterprise beta
includes all the new functionality of Google Toolbar, offering the same
level of personalization and customization to corporate users. In
addition, Google Toolbar for Enterprise includes group policy for
administrative control of features, as well as Microsoft System
Installer for easy corporate deployment. For example, an enterprise
could distribute customized Toolbars to their users pre-loaded with
Custom Buttons for Intranet sites, employee directories, and frequently
used information sources.
The beta versions of Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer and Google
Toolbar for Enterprise for Internet Explorer are currently available in
English and will be offered globally in more than 16 languages by the
end of the quarter. Both versions of Google Toolbar run on Windows XP
and support Internet Explorer 6.0 and higher. More information on the
new versions of Google Toolbar is available at toolbar.google.com/T4/
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