Google Inc. is bringing its search engine's abilities to retrieve related Web information, check spelling and translate languages to its Web browser tool bar.
The company on Wednesday released a beta test of the next version of the Google Toolbar, a software add-on to Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer browser first launched in 2000.
The newest tool bar adds the ability to turn information on Web pages into hyperlinks to related information, check spelling on Web-based forms and translate words from English to one of eight languages. Google, of Mountain View, Calif., derived the tool bar additions from existing features on Google's popular Web search site, said Marissa Mayer, Google's director of consumer Web products.
"[The release] really brings the power of those tools to the tool bar," Mayer said. "They all really drive to increase productivity and reduce cutting and pasting."