The fact that Google didn’t wish to extend support for the Google Toolbar for Firefox 5 and upcoming versions of the browser didn’t really go down well among users. Most Firefox users were rather surprised at the step-brotherly treatment and being accustomed to having the Google Toolbar as an integral part of their routine web searches only added to the disappointment.
In an official post on their blog, Google explained why they were discounting support for Google Toolbar for Firefox 5 and other versions by saying “For Firefox users, many features that were once offered by Google Toolbar for Firefox are now already built right into the browser. Therefore, while Google Toolbar for Firefox works on versions up to and including Firefox 4 only, it will not be supported on Firefox 5 and future versions.”
Google further went on to create a support page that specifically lists out a bunch of add-ons. These, the company reveals adds functions to the browser that are identical to the Google Toolbar. The latter appears to be working just fine since then on both Firefox 5 and the very recently released Firefox 6.
So what really is the problem then? Well, the official discontinuance of support for the Google Toolbar for Firefox 5 makes the browser automatically disable the add-on from working in the newest version of the browser, which if nothing else is just a plain downer. There is of course an alternate way for users who wouldn’t want to go through the hassle of having various add-on installations to emulate one function. All you have to do to enable Google Toolbar for Firefox 5 and Firefox 6 is instal the compatibility reporter extension. The plug-in will allow you to run add-ons which may be deemed incompatible by the browser.
Right now the Microsoft Internet Explorer is the only web browser that is officially supported by the Google Toolbar.