Mountain View, California – (The Hosting News) – January 30, 2006 –
Search engine behemoth, Google Inc., has launched the latest version of Google Toolbar and a new Google Toolbar for Enterprise. According to the company, the new versions of Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer (released in beta) are open and customizable, with new features that enable users to customize their search experience and share information with friends.
In addition to an open API and the new sharing capabilities, the latest versions of Google Toolbar offer customizable buttons, online bookmarks, and enhanced search features. Google Toolbar for Enterprise beta also includes administration and control for business environments.
Marissa Mayer, VP of Search Products and User Experience at Google commented on the product updates, ”Now we’re putting the tools of innovation in the hands of our users. We’ve opened up the Google Toolbar to enable them to create their own features and customize their search experience.”
Users can also 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 ”enerate 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. An XML API is now available for content publishers to create more advanced Custom Buttons for their sites.
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.
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.
To learn more about the new versions of Google Toolbar, please visit: http://toolbar.google.com/T4/.