You knew it had to happen. On the heels of Bill Gates exclaiming at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland that "Google has kicked our butts!" Microsoft has released the MSN Toolbar. Although only in English and still in beta, you can download it HERE.
Google accounts for about 31 percent of Internet searches to MSN's 15 percent, according to comScore Media Metrix. Yahoo draws 28 percent. Yahoo's executives estimate that each percentage share of the search market is worth $200 million (via DMNews).
The new MSN toolbar blocks pop-ups, highlights search results, and has quick links to (are you ready for this?) MS products like MSN messenger.