Microsoft's new MSN Toolbar for Internet Explorer is now available. I'm not interested in the toolbar per se, but it is based on Silverlight so I'm curious how it works. That curiosity will have to continue for a while, however, as the MSN Toolbar requires Silverlight 1.0 for some reason, and I've got Silverlight 2.0 Beta installed everywhere because of Live Mesh. Irritating.

The new MSN Toolbar lets you:

  • See highlights of popular MSN channels quickly
  • Stay up to date without leaving the Web page you're on
  • Get late-breaking news headlines at your fingertips
  • Use handy search tools to find exactly what you need

Take MSN with you: MSN Toolbar is always with you when you're online on your PC. See what's going on without leaving the Web page you're on.

Put information at your fingertips: See headlines and features from eight popular MSN channels. Simply click on channel buttons to preview, then choose any link to explore. Stay connected to your friends via easy access to Windows Live Hotmail, Messenger and Spaces.

Find it fast: Use the handy search box to find whatever you're after. Get Live Search results even when you use another search engine, plus make specific MSN channel searches.

Stay up to date: When breaking news happens, the news button gleams so you'll know right away.