What is a web browser?
A web browser is a software application that enables a user to display and interact with text, images, and other information typically located on a web page, at a website on the internet, or on a local area network. Text and images on an HTML page can contain hyperlinks to other content at the same or different sites. Web browsers allow users to access information provided on pages and sites by clicking on hyperlinks. Most browsing tools are available to download for free via the internet.
Web browsers are the most commonly used type of HTTP user agent. Although content browsers are typically used to access the internet, they can also be used to access information provided by web servers in private networks or content in file systems. It is a matter of opinion which is the best web browser. Currently, Microsoft Internet Explorer has the highest percentage of users.
Most Popular Web Browsers
Many tools available for free download to personal computers include Microsoft Internet Explorer Web, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome, and Opera.
List of the Most Popular Web Browsers
The list of the most popular web browsers changes from time to time, as software companies continuously compete for the top position. Following is a list of the most popular web browsers at the time of this writing, with a brief description of each.
Google Chrome – Google Chrome was developed by Google for Windows. It combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the internet faster, safer, and easier. Google Chrome is available for free. We use Chrome almost exclusively due to its speed, stability and ease of use.
Microsoft Internet Explorer – Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer, abbreviated IE, or MSIE, is a graphical website browser developed by Microsoft and included as part of the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems. It used to be the most widely used browser since 1999, but lost it’s market share to Chrome in recent years. Microsoft Internet Explorer provides improved navigation through tabbed browsing, web search right from the toolbar, advanced printing, easy discovery, reading and subscription to RSS feeds, and much more. Microsoft Internet Explorer is available for free.
Mozilla Firefox – A free, open source, cross-platform, graphical content surfer developed by the Mozilla Corporation and other volunteers. Mozilla Firefox began as part of the Navigator web browser component of the Mozilla Application Suite, Firefox has since become the Mozilla Foundation’s main development focus, replacing the Mozilla Suite. Mozilla Firefox is available for free.
Safari – Apple Safari is developed by Apple Computer and is available as part of Mac OS X operating system. Apple Safari was included as the default browser in Mac OS X v10.3 (Panther) and is the only bundled with Mac OS X v10.4 (Tiger). Safari is also included on iPad’s and iPhones. Apple Safari is available for free.
Opera – Opera is an Internet suite which handles common internet-related tasks, including visiting sites, sending and receiving e-mail messages, managing contacts, and online chat. Opera is available for free.
Avant – Avant’s user-friendly interface brings a new level of clarity and efficiency to your browsing experience. Avant Browswer frequent upgrades have steadily improved its reliability. Avant is freeware.
Camino – Camino was an open source browsing tool developed with a focus on providing the best possible experience for Mac OS X users. However, it fell behind the fast-pace of technological advances in this area. It is no longer being developed and is unsafe to use as security patches are no longer being deployed.
Lunascape – Lunascape has the world’s only Triple Engine technology and now adds support for Triple Add-on. The three most popular rendering engines (Trident, Gecko, WebKit) have been integrated in a single browser. It comes with more than a hundred built-in functions, which saves you the trouble of installing add-ons and extensions. We like the “highlighted search” feature which allows you to highlight a word or URL, right click, and then perform a variety of tasks such as search, go to URL, translate, search with Amazon, and more.
Maxthon – Positioned as a “browsing assistant”, Maxthon is a powerful tabbed portal built for a fast and secure experience. Besides basic browsing functionality, Maxthon provides a rich set of features to improve your surfing experience. Includes such functionality as: note taking, password keeper, virtual email inboxes. The Maxthon is available for free. You may consider it to be some what obscure, but its helpful features may be something worth checking out.
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