Omnibar is a Firefox add-on that successfully accomplishes a combination of the Firefox address bar and the search bar. Moreover, it displays search and URL suggestions and also includes an auto-complete option.
Google is the most widely used search engine on the web today. In an effort to maintain their dominance in the search market, Google is constantly looking to innovate how it’s search engine is used. While many people are familiar with Google’s website, or it’s integration into web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox or Google’s own Chrome, Google also has a toolbar. Search toolbars are nothing new, of course, there have been browser toolbars since the late 1990s.
One of the nicest features about Google’s new web browser, Chrome, is how it lists your most regularly visited sites directly on your home page upon startup. In case you never used Chrome (and have no intention of doing so), you can now have that functionality in Firefox. Thanks to the lastest release of Google Toolbar, this functionality can be had directly on the top of your Firefox browser window.
Recently, Google released their new browser to compete with the dual giants of the internet browser market, Mozilla’s Firefox and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser (and to a lesser extent with Opera and Safari). However, even though not everyone has been eager or quick to make the switch to the new browser, this doesn’t mean that those users will miss out on the beneficial new features being offered through Google Chrome.
It appears as though Google has once again extended its deal with Mozilla to remain the default search engine in their popular open source Firefox web browser. The deal, originally expiring in 2006, was extend to 2008 and will now be extended for an additional three years. This favor to Google comes with a hefty price tag, however. In return for placing Google info Firefox as its default search engine, Google must pay Mozilla a huge chunk of cash – in 2006 the total amounted to approximately $57 million, or 85% of the company’s total revenue.
The latest version of Google Toolbar is now ready to Firefox users. The newest adaptation includes fresh features that let Mozilla users customize their search experience and surf through their choice content more proficiently.
Google designed this version of Toolbar to not only make searching the internet for the information they seek as swiftly and effortlessly as possible; they designed it so that users will have Google search abilities from any website without having to navigate back and forth to the Google homepage from a separate tab or window. Google Toolbar 2 beta lets Firefox users have all of the goodies Internet Explorer users have and then some. Mozilla users get custom buttons, online bookmarks, integration abilities for Google Docs & Spreadsheets, and new sharing abilities.
Did you think Internet Explorer was the only real browser of note? Well, think again. On the brink of celebrating its first birthday, the Firefox Web browser has surpassed 100 million downloads.
Firefox has been touted by supporters as a more secure, innovative and feature-rich browser than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. It is the first real competitor of note for IE, chipping away at their hold on the Web browser market to currently own between 7% and 9% of the market.