My toolbar had ben doing this for quite a while now. Probably just a Google way of saving system resurces. Point the user to the domain instead of doing a search.
Quite funny you should bring this us. Yesterday I was watching a relatively inexperienced comuter user visit a web address. They opened their browser and their homepae was Google He then typed the web address in the search box. :)
I'd bet it's intentional on their part since it's so close to the address bar & only resolves when actually typed. They probably noticed a huge blip in typed domains on the toolbar and did the right thing.
i've seen that before... not only with google as the homepage but other SE's too... even had a huge discussion with a user (an older gentleman) in another network about why he was having problems getting to some sites and such... it took several weeks before he finally said that he was typing the address in the form field in the middle of the screen and not in the address bar at the top of his browser... this was the same time that he told us that he didn't have an address bar at the top... we figured out that he had somehow gotten his browser switched to kiosk mode or at least had turned off the address bar in an attempt to gain screen space for browsing... the worst part was his insistance that he was putting the address in the proper field and vehemently arguing about it when many folk were telling him that he was incorrect...
you think they'd notice if their TV was showing 5 minutes of the show and 10 minutes of advertising for each 15 minutes that the show is on? seems that they'd get the same idea when it comes to ther browsers... you've heard about the new suit against microsoft for all their bugs?