Firefox Gains Yahoo Toolbar Support

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2005-02-10 Print this article Print

Yahoo releases a version of its search-based toolbar for Mozilla Firefox in another sign that search engines are taking note of the open-source Web browser.

Mozilla Firefox is gaining more search-engine supporters as Yahoo Inc. launches a version of its toolbar for the open-source Web browser. Starting Thursday, Yahoo will make a beta a version of its Firefox toolbar available as a free download. It will include many of the same features as the Yahoo Toolbar for Microsofts Internet Explorer browser, Yahoo officials said. The initial Firefox toolbar beta is specifically for Windows and will not include Yahoo Anti-Spy, a spyware-fighting tool added into the IE toolbar last year. But Yahoo plans to build Mac OS X and Linux versions and extend Anti-Spy to the Firefox toolbar "shortly," the company announced.
For its Firefox toolbar, Yahoo will let users create bookmarks and custom buttons, to search within an opened Web site, view past searches and to add a sites available RSS or Atom feed to My Yahoo. The toolbar provides links into a range of Yahoo services beyond Web search, including Yahoo Mail and Yahoo News.
Yahoo, of Sunnyvale, Calif., is the first of the major search engines to support the Firefox browser with its toolbar download. Google Inc., Microsoft Corp.s MSN division and Ask Jeeves Inc. all offer toolbars that are tied to IE. Google, though, has made overtures of support to Firefox and the Mozilla Foundation, which oversees the browsers development. Google has hired a former Mozilla employee, Ben Goodger, and donated half of his time back to the project. Goodger has been Firefoxs lead engineer during the development and release of a full Firefox version. During a meeting with financial analysts Wednesday, Google co-founder Larry Page also mentioned Firefox when he was asked about Googles Web browser involvement. Page declined to discuss any of Googles future plans with browsers or Firefox. "Obviously weve noticed that Firefox has gained some share," said Page, Googles president of products. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on enterprise search technology.
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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