Official Google Toolbar Finally Coming to Firefox

The official Google Toolbar is finally coming to Firefox (my browser of choice) around July 7th.

Hey Googlebar folks, long time no talk. I thought I’d drop you a note to give a heads up on something Google will be releasing next week: a version of our IE Toolbar for Firefox. It will most likely be released on July 7th, but press releases will go out at 9pm on July 6th. Since you were in the Google-toolbar-for-firefox space first, it’s conceivable that the press might contact you for comment. If they do it would be great if you could hold of replying until our press releases go out on the 6th.

The toolbar will have the same features as the IE version except for features like pop up blocking and autofill which are already in Firefox by default. I’m assuming AutoLink will be rolled out in the Firefox version, but we’ll have to wait to see.

Google will continue to keep the link to Mozdev’s Googlebar up on the Google Toolbar page, so you will have a choice between which toolbar you’d like to install.

The developers of Googlebar are discussing the ramifications of the official toolbar and whether or not to continue with Googlebar development.

Yeah, I really have mixed feelings on this. On the one hand, I knew it had to come sooner or later as Firefox became more popular, and to be honest, I haven’t had the time to dedicate properly to even basic tasks beyond support in a long time, nor does my work schedule look to be easing up anytime in the foreseeable future.

I hope they continue working on Googlebar, because Googlebar offers several added features that are not available in the official toolbar.