Firefox Toolbar: Beta no more!

  • Posted July 27th, 2005 at 7:44 pm by Yahoo! Search
  • Categories: Toolbar

What a rush! It’s been a wild ride towards 1.0 for the Toolbar for Firefox team since February: enjoying the welcome avalanche of user feedback, fixing bugs, and debating amongst ourselves which cool features to implement first. Now that we’ve polished it to a high gloss, we just can’t keep it to ourselves any longer, so here it is: Yahoo! Toolbar 1.0 for Mozilla Firefox. As usual, thanks to the engineering wizardry in Mozilla Firefox, our one toolbar works on Windows, MacOS X, and Linux.

If you’ve been using Yahoo! Toolbar for a while, you’re already familiar with its benefits such as:

  • Bookmarks that follow you to any computer
  • New mail notification for Yahoo! Mail
  • Customizable, one-click access to most of Yahoo!, or any web site you choose
  • Easy access to Yahoo! Search with an integrated search history for quick re-use
  • Addition of RSS feeds to your My Yahoo! page with one click

For 1.0, we’ve made it even more useful for Firefox users (after all, we use it too):

  • A drag-n-drop resizable search box
  • A right mouse click menu to open bookmarks and toolbar buttons in new windows or tabs
  • A search history drop down that automatically expands to the length of the longest search query
  • Yahoo! Anti-Spy button that you can hide
  • Addition of RSS / Atom feeds to My Yahoo! via the Live Bookmarks icon
  • Support for the latest Firefox developer releases and alpha/beta browsers
  • And more’

Usage of Mozilla Firefox around the world continues to grow in leaps and bounds, with over 75 million downloads since its release last November. To grow with them, we’ve also added more languages to Yahoo! Toolbar: Chinese (Taiwan, Hong Kong), English (UK), French, and German. Moreover, support for Mozilla continues to grow throughout Yahoo!, such as the ability to customize your Avatars in Firefox, and search your Thunderbird email using Yahoo! Desktop Search. We’ve several more cool hacks coming down the pipe soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

Toolbar concepts are flying fast and furious here with never enough time to do them all, so we depend on your feedback to guide future development. Please let us know what you think about Yahoo! Toolbar and what you’d most like to see next.

Jon Granrose
Yahoo! Toolbar Product Manager and Firefox instigator

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