Google kicks toolbars out of Chrome Web Store

Google wants to ban browser toolbar clutter from its Chrome browser.

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Google is kicking toolbars and other “multipurpose extensions” out of the Chrome Web Store in an effort to keep its browser’s interface uncluttered and to protect users from unpleasant surprises.

The change will be disruptive to many extension programmers, but Google is giving them until June 2014 for existing extensions. New ones must abide by the new rules immediately, said Chrome engineering director Erik Kay.

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“Extensions in the Chrome Web Store must have a single purpose that is narrow and easy to understand,” Kay said in a blog post on Thursday. “While this has always been the intent of the Chrome extension system, not all extensions have lived up to this ideal. These multi-purpose extensions can crowd your browser UI and slow down your web browsing — sometimes significantly.”

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