The MSN Toolbar known in modern times as the Bing toolbar is an old standby. Parents other family members family friends... everyone's used it at one point regardless of their generation. Or at least they've seen it. Toolbars in general get a bit of a bad rap but most do as they proclaim and the good old toolbar provides a trusty foundation for casual web-surfing. Read on to see how.
On the tab
The MSN Toolbar provides access to Facebook to keep in touch with friends. It provides news so you know what's going on. And it provides weather and maps for more local needs. All things we use on the web made simple as part of the MSN Toolbar. It doesn't do everything by itself but it comes close and due to its many versions it'll run just aobut anywhere.
All in a row
Use the MSN Toolbar if you feel like it'd be useful to you and you can't think of good alternatives it's a fairly good piece of software on its own. Alternatively you can give it to a less tech-savvy friend or family member to use. This is its prime use case and if you aren't terribly tech-savvy yourself it's hard to go wrong with a toolbar that takes care of things you'd want like quick access to Facebook.