Software // Enterprise Applications
12:53 PM

Google Customizes IE 7, Posts Firefox Toolbar Beta

Google has added its own toolbar to IE 7, and set the home page and default search to

Google, the search company that Microsoft counts as its biggest rival, has created a customized version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 browser.

Dubbing the edition that's "Optimized for Google," the Mountain View, Calif., search giant has added its own toolbar to IE 7, and set the home page and default search to The custom IE 7 can be downloaded from here.

"Like Yahoo,, and others, [Google] used the Internet Explorer Administration Kit to create [this] version," said Tony Chor, an IE group program manager, in an entry on the team's blog. The kit is primarily aimed at corporate developers who want to tweak IE, and then simplify company-wide configuration and deployment.

Google also has posted a beta of version 3.0 of its toolbar for the open-source Firefox browser. The preview adds several new features, including integration with Google Docs & Spreadsheets, the search company's online word processor and spreadsheet. When the option is enabled, users can open a Docs or Spreadsheet file by dragging it onto Firefox, by clicking on a file link in a Web page, or by double-clicking a file icon on the desktop. Other additions to the toolbar range from a "Send To" feature to go-everywhere bookmarks; most are already available in the Internet Explorer version of the Google Toolbar.

Google Toolbar 3.0 Beta for Firefox can be downloaded from the Google site.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Building A Mobile Business Mindset
Building A Mobile Business Mindset
Among 688 respondents, 46% have deployed mobile apps, with an additional 24% planning to in the next year. Soon all apps will look like mobile apps and it's past time for those with no plans to get cracking.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Elite 100 Digital Issue, April 2015
The 27th annual ranking of the leading US users of business technology
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on for the week of April 19, 2015.
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.