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Google updates toolbar

Search giant adds corporate version, customizable search buttons and centralized bookmarks.

Google is releasing new beta versions of its Google Toolbar for consumers and corporations. After Google Toolbar 4.0 is released publicly on Monday, new custom buttons will let people run search queries directly on any Web site from their toolbar.

People can easily create their own buttons from Web sites, and developers will be able to use a new XML application-programming interface to create more advanced buttons. Bookmarks can be saved to a user's Google account so they can be accessed from any computer.

The enhanced search offers query suggestions and spelling corrections. Users can send Web pages via Gmail or mobile text messaging or to a blog with the click of a button. The new enterprise edition lets administrators control which features to enable. Google Toolbar 4.0 beta for Internet Explorer will initially be available in English, and in more than 16 languages by the end of March. It runs on Windows XP.