Google Does Away With Firefox Toolbar

Google has decided to discontinue Google Toolbar for Firefox version 5 and above, a move that has not gone down too well with the Firefox community.

In a blog post, Google explained that many features offered by Google Toolbar for Firefox now come built in with the web browser, therefore the company has decided to kill the toolbar for the open source web browser.

“For Firefox users, many features that were once offered by Google Toolbar for Firefox are now already built right into the browswer. Therefore, while Google Toolbar for Firefox works on versions up to and including Firefox 4 only, it will not be supported on Firefox 5 and future versions,” the company said.

Many Firefox users are claiming that Google is trying to promote its Chrome web browser over Firefox, but they forget that there is no Google Toolbar for Chrome.

One user has asked Google to donate the Google Toolbar for Firefox project to the open source community, so that people who would like to use the toolbar can do so.

The toolbar allows users to sync bookmarks with a Google Account, use Google Translate, share web pages with people and also lets users perform Google searches without having to open the web page.