WHAT IS A WEB BROWSER?
In the simplest terms, your web browser is an application used to retrieve, present, and navigate information resources. These resources are identified by a URL, or Uniform Resource Identifier. Information resources can be in the form videos, web pages with text, or images. Apart from accessing the World Wide Web (WWW), browsers are also used for accessing information which is provided by private network web servers, or files within file systems.
The most renowned web browsers in use today include Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, Google Chrome, and Firefox. Learn more about each of the best browsers and their unique features below. This information may help you decide which browser to download.
MICROSOFT INTERNET EXPLORER
The most used browser to this day is Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Version 7X or more. This version of IE offers features including:
- Tabbed browsing.
- Instant e-mail Access.
- Integrated RSS support.
- Compliance to better standards.
- Phishing filters.
- Advanced security.
- Options to delete browsing history by removing information that is user-identifiable.
The latest version of IE supports:
- Windows XP. (As well as 64-bit Edition).
- Windows Vista. (As well as 64-bit Edition).
- Windows Server 2003. (As well as 64-bit Edition).
- Windows Server 2008. (As well as 64-bit Edition).
For more information visit the Internet explorer homepage clicking here.
Mozilla Corp developed Mozilla Firefox, which is a cross-platform Web browser which offers support for many standards including:
- HTML, XHTML, and XML.
- DTD, XSL, and SVG.
- PNG images.
The browser functions best on operating systems including:
- Mac OSX.
Google Chrome was tailor-made especially for Windows OS. It is most appreciated by users for its simplicity and “sophisticated technology”, as Google calls it, which enhances web browsing in terms of safety, speed, and accessibility on PCs which are windows-based.
Google Chrome provides you with features including:
- Convenient searching directly from your address bar.
- Quick access to favorite pages via thumbnail views on the homepage.
- Incognito surfing (when you prefer your browsing history not be saved).
- Instant bookmarks.
- Dynamic tabs.
- Crash control.
Google Chrome works with operating systems including Windows XP and Vista.
Opera is available for operating systems including Windows 2000/2003, Windows XP, and Windows 3.x/ 9x/NT. The most recent version of Opera is Opera 9x, which includes features such as:
- BitTorrent support.
- Support for varieties of image, video, and audio formats.
- Voice technology.
- Opera email.
- Improved HTML features.
- Image mapping (client side).
- Server push capabilities.
Safari is believed to be one of the top browsers for various reasons, which include speed, ease of use, and clean aesthetics. Additionally, there are several features in Safari which are lacking on other browsers. Some people are unaware that these excellent features even exist. These include:
- Browsing and Search Snapback.
- The Inline Dictionary.
- The Email Page Link.
- Selection to Speech.
- Activity Window.
- The Web Inspector.
- URL Path Navigation.
- The Quick Notes.
Each web browser comes with its own unique capabilities. They are constantly revamped and upgraded to include the best features and provide the best services available to their clients. That includes to make web surfing a unique experience, and to ensure safety, privacy, and comfort.
We have reviewed the most important and common internet web browsers. To know which is the best browser for you, what I recommend is to test all of them as there is not a best browser it depends on the user feeling and use.