The newest version of the MSN Search Toolbar adds tabbed browsing to Internet Explorer. You can check out a screenshot if you're curious to see what its like. Denise from the MSN Search Toolbar team blogged about it in her post Tabbed browsing is here! where she wrote

Tabbed browsing not only makes online shopping easier (and my wallet more broke), it also drastically improves my web search experience! Have you ever gotten annoyed with hitting the back button repeatedly to get back to the original search results?  MSN Search Toolbar gives you the option to open MSN Search results in new background tabs. This is a HUGE time saver because it lets you keep the search results on one tab while links that you click open in the background.

Best of all, Tabbed Browsing with MSN Search Toolbar works in Internet Explorer 5.01 or above! IE7 will also offer tabs but in the meantime this is a great option.

I think it's way cool that the MSN Search Toolbar team has added this functionality to IE. First Trixie and Turnabout, and now tabbed browsing added via the MSN Search Toolbar. It definitely goes to show exactly how extensible IE is as a platform. Of course, I still am interested in seeing what Dean and his merry band have planned for IE7.



Friday, June 10, 2005 3:53:25 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Ironic that I'm reading this page in a tab under Mozilla Firefox. Not meant as a troll -- just ironic.
Friday, June 10, 2005 4:58:20 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
It's not cool that you can only get the tabbed browsing as part of the MSN Toolbar. I don't need or want the MSN search box on my browser.
It would be nice if it was available separately rather than with more MSN marketing.
Friday, June 10, 2005 5:30:49 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
No, what's not cool is that it's ONLY available in the MSN Toolbar. Apparently the MSN Search Toolbar, which looks an awful lot like the MSN Toolbar to me, is a different beast.

Guess NIH syndrome even applies between Microsoft product groups.

How many different Microsoft toolbars does Microsoft want me to install?
Friday, June 10, 2005 6:54:48 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I've edited my post to make it clear that this is the MSN Search toolbar.
Friday, June 10, 2005 7:29:54 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Ah, so they are the same thing. Interesting. I was confused. Yesterday when I saw that a new version of the toolbar was available with tabbed browsing, I clicked "check for updates" in my toolbar and was told that I had the latest version.

That made me think that the MSN Toolbar and MSN Search toolbar were two separate toolbars.
Saturday, June 11, 2005 2:01:34 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Not to take anything away from the MSN people -- if the IEBlog is to be believed, adding tabs to the browser is harder than you'd think -- but it's rather decidedly a half-assed implementation. Switching between tabs flickers the background window onto the screen, changing toolbar layout doesn't affect tabs that were opened before so the chrome shifts around as you switch tabs, Ctrl-W closes the whole damn window with all your tabs lost and no warning, and there's no apparent way to middle-click or Ctrl-click to open a link in a tab.

It's better than nothing, I guess, but nobody's going to be switching back from Firefox because of this.
Sunday, June 12, 2005 3:20:44 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Errr the tabbed broswing is crap, I wouldn't boast about it if I were you.

This seems pre-beta quality. Try browsing fullscreen to see one reason why.
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