Microsoft gets irritable when anybody else dominates anything related to technology, so it’s no surprise that it is planning an assault on Google. The first bullet was rolled out today – the MSN toolbar for Internet Explorer, similar in appearance and functionality to the Google toolbar. (Even the download page looks similar.) Here’s an article about the new MSN Toolbar.

In addition to quick searches, the MSN toolbar offers one-click access to MSN Hotmail, MSN Messenger, and includes a pop-up blocker. Microsoft promises more integration with MSN services in the future.

My Google toolbar is invaluable to me – including the underrated “Autofill” button that automatically fills in onscreen forms with name and address information. Either toolbar is worthwhile just for popup blocking. Note that Service Pack 2 for Windows XP will also include a popup blocker when it’s released this summer.

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