Windows Live Toolbar

Windows Live Toolbar was a browser extension toolbar for Internet Explorer. It superseded MSN Search Toolbar.[1] Windows Live Toolbar provided a simple search interface that starts to list results as the user types in a search query, and uses Bing as its search engine. The toolbar also allows users to synchronize their Internet Explorer favorites across multiple computers, and provides an interface to Windows Live and MSN services.

Microsoft also added more tools to Windows Live Toolbar by acquiring Onfolio and integrating it into Windows Live Toolbar.

Founded by JJ Allaire, Allaire Corporation co-founder and creator of the programming language ColdFusion, along with Adam Berrey[2] and Charles Teague,[3] Onfolio was an online research tool that could be used to collect data from the web and make annotations such as inking and text highlighting. Onfolio could be used to download online pages for offline viewing, including document files such as Adobe PDF. It could also be used as an RSS reader. Users could share the information and feeds collected by Onfolio via email and blogs.[4][5] After Microsoft acquired Onfolio, it integrated the product with Windows Live Toolbar, which was the only way to get Onfolio.[6] As of August 2008 however, Microsoft announced that the Onfolio has been discontinued.[7]

Older versions of Windows Live Toolbar also provided a form filler and a highlight viewer, but these features have been removed.

Windows Live Toolbar is included with Windows Live Essentials "Wave 3" release.[8] However, it is no longer a part of the "Wave 4" version of Windows Live Essentials (released on 30 September 2010[9]); it is replaced with Bing Bar.[10] According to Microsoft, Windows Live Toolbar was officially discontinued on 31 March 2011.[11]

For the IE Favorites syncing option previously included initially as and then in the Windows Live Toolbar, it is now part of the Windows Live Essentials suite, in the Windows live Mesh solution.

Windows Live Toolbar
Windows Live Toolbar icon
Windows Live Toolbar
Windows Live Toolbar
Stable release
14.0.8064.0206 / 12 February 2009
Operating systemWindows Server 2008, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
TypeBrowser extension (Toolbar)
WebsiteArchived official website at the Wayback Machine (archive index)

See also


  1. ^ Weinberg, Nathan (9 March 2006). "Windows Live Toolbar". InsideMicrosoft. Blog News Channel. Archived from the original on 25 May 2006. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  2. ^ Kontzer, Tony (15 March 2004). "Allaire Founder Debuts Online Research Tool". CRN. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  3. ^ Moore, Galen (19 March 2009). "Teague said to be leaving General Catalyst". Boston Business Journal. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  4. ^ "OnFolio Express". Microsoft Partner Pack. Microsoft. Archived from the original on 24 October 2004. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
  5. ^ "OnFolio 1.03". CBS Interactive. 27 February 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
  6. ^ "Microsoft Enhances Windows Live Toolbar Capabilities With Acquisition of Onfolio". News Center. Microsoft. 7 March 2006. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
  7. ^ "Information about Onfolio product activation and data export". Support. Microsoft. 6 August 2008. Archived from the original on 28 August 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
  8. ^ "Windows Live Essentials". Microsoft. Archived from the original on 8 June 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2010. Windows Live Essentials programs [~snip~] Toolbar: Search instantly from any webpage.
  9. ^ Sierra, Piero (23 June 2010). "Announcing the new Windows Live Essentials beta!". Inside Windows Live blog. Microsoft. Archived from the original on 25 June 2010.
  10. ^ "Windows Live Essentials beta". Microsoft. Archived from the original on 5 August 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2010. Windows Live Essentials beta programs [~snip~] Bing Bar: Get search results from Bing without leaving the website you're on.
  11. ^ "Windows Live Mesh and Devices Help Center". Microsoft. Archived from the original on 3 December 2010. Retrieved 8 May 2011. If you used Live Mesh beta, Windows Live Toolbar, or Windows Live Sync (all discontinued on March 31, 2011), here’s what you need to know before you start using Windows Live Mesh...

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Browser toolbar

A browser toolbar is a toolbar that resides within a browser's window. All major web browsers provide support to browser toolbar development as a way to extend the browser's GUI and functionality. Browser toolbars are considered to be a particular kind of browser extensions that present a toolbar. Browser toolbars are specific to each browser, which means that a toolbar working on a browser does not work on another one. All browser toolbars must be installed in the corresponding browser before they can be used, and require updates when new versions are released.

Many high-profile browser toolbars released over the years have been fraught with problems, either intentionally as malware or injected with computer viruses or due to poor or conflicting programming when considering multiple toolbars being included on the single browser.


OneDrive (formerly known as SkyDrive, Windows Live SkyDrive, and Windows Live Folders) is a file hosting service and synchronization service operated by Microsoft as part of its suite of Office Online services. First launched in August 2007, OneDrive allows users to store files and personal data like Windows settings or BitLocker recovery keys in the cloud, share files, and sync files across Android, Windows Phone, and iOS mobile devices, Windows and macOS computers, and the Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles. Users can upload Microsoft Office documents directly to OneDrive.

OneDrive offers 5 GB of storage space free of charge, with 50 GB, 1 TB, and 5 TB storage options available either separately or with Office 365 subscriptions.

Windows Essentials

Windows Essentials (formerly Windows Live Essentials and Windows Live Installer) is a discontinued suite of Microsoft freeware applications that includes email, instant messaging, photo sharing, blogging, and parental control software. Essentials programs are designed to integrate well with each other, with Microsoft Windows, and with other Microsoft web-based services such as OneDrive and

Windows Live Favorites

Windows Live Favorites (codenamed Roaming Favorites) was a part of Microsoft's Windows Live range of services. It allowed users to access and edit their favorites from any computer. Users could import their bookmarks from Internet Explorer and MSN Explorer, add favorites by dragging and dropping, clicking the "Add Favorite" button on Windows Live Toolbar, or using the right-click menu. It also allowed users to find favorites more quickly using name, address, folders or tags. Windows Live Favorites allowed a total of 1000 favorites and folders per user account. Users were required to sign in with their Windows Live ID in order to use this service.

On April 14, 2009, Windows Live Favorites was integrated into Windows Live SkyDrive. All existing favorites were migrated to the "Favorites" and "Shared Favorites" folders on Windows Live SkyDrive.

Windows Live Gallery

Windows Live Gallery (codenamed Customise) was a part of Windows Live range of services. It was a center for gadgets, extensions and add-ons for Windows and Windows Live services.

Windows Live Gallery was officially retired on October 1, 2011.

Windows Live Mesh

Windows Live Mesh (formerly known as Windows Live FolderShare, Live Mesh, and Windows Live Sync) was a free-to-use Internet-based file synchronization application by Microsoft designed to allow files and folders between two or more computers to be in sync with each other on Windows (Vista and later) and Mac OS X (v. 10.5 Leopard and later, Intel processors only) computers or the Web via SkyDrive. Windows Live Mesh also enabled remote desktop access via the Internet.

Windows Live Mesh was part of the Windows Live Essentials 2011 suite of software. However this application was replaced by SkyDrive for Windows application in Windows Essentials 2012 and later OneDrive in Windows 8/8.1/10. Microsoft announced on December 13, 2012 that Windows Live Mesh would be discontinued on February 13, 2013.

Windows Search

Windows Search, formerly known as Windows Desktop Search (WDS) on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, is an indexed desktop search platform created by Microsoft for Microsoft Windows.

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