Google announced that Firefox 5 and upcoming versions of the Mozilla browser will not include support for the Google toolbar.

The search giant said innovations in browser technology mean that many of the features offered by Google’s toolbar are already built in to Firefox. As a result, the most recent version of the browser and any upcoming versions will ditch that toolbar. Those who remain on Firefox 4 and below will still be able to use it, Google said in a blog post.

“We’d like to thank all of our loyal users of Google Toolbar for Firefox. We deeply appreciate all of the feedback over the years that helped to make the product so useful,” Google said.

In a Help Center article about the switch, Google discussed how to add Google toolbar functionality in updated versions of Firefox. For example, features like AutoFill, page translation, page sharing, site thumbnails on a new tab, bookmarks, and Gmail notifications are all available via add-ons. Others options are built-in to Firefox, like spell check and “find in page,” which is accessible by pressing Ctrl+F or Command-F.

Google warned, however, that its suggestions are “provided only for your convenience. Google does not make any warranties or guarantees about any add-ons. Always be careful when installing add-ons as they may cause security, performance, or instability issues.”

Google released an updated version of its toolbar for Internet Explorer in late June, which facilitated the pinning of favorite toolbar buttons and improved the Toolbar Instant experience. Users are apparently pretty serious about their toolbar features; an updated font situation caused a bit of controversy back in May.

Mozilla, meanwhile, has moved to a very Google-esque quick release schedule for its Firefox browser. In the past, the company has waited about a year between releases, but this year, Firefox 4 dropped in late March and Firefox 5 followed in June. Earlier this month, Firefox 6 moved to the beta channel, while Firefox 7 made its debut in Mozilla’s Aurora incubation channel.

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