January 18, 2022
Google Retires its Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer Add-On after Twenty Years

Google has Killed Off One of its Longest Available Products after a Two Decade Run

Google has unceremoniously pulled its Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer from the web after twenty-plus years of availability…

Google has quietly sent yet another of its products to the infamous Google graveyard. Introduced about 21 years ago, it was conceived as a little add-on for the then most popular browser on the web at the time. The extension enhanced the browser/search experience with many neat and thoughtful features that have since long made their way into browsers themselves.

Google Retires its Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer Add-On after Twenty Years

Google recently updated its support page for the Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer. What’s peculiar about this is the fact that there’s no real end date. In fact, its demise was discovered by Android Police alumnus Ron Amadeo over at Ars Technica. Amadeo was going to write an article for the tool’s 21st birthday on December 11th but found the add-on to already be discontinued.

The Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer brought several functions to the web experience that are quite common now. However, when it was released, these things were mostly novel and innovative. But, over time, Chrome has integrated most or all of those features (other browsers have done much the same). As for Internet Explorer, Microsoft will end support for the portal in mid-2022.

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