Window to The Internet: Your Browser
- Internet Explorer
- Safari (Apple; now available for Windows, too)
Chrome is one of the newest (2009). It is quick. Google has updated it...a never ending task in a world of hackers. It loads pages fast and has icons to show secure connections.
Firefox is second to Chrome in being most streamlined of the browsers listed. It loads more quickly and doesn't take up memory that could be used for viewing web pages.
Microsoft is slowly leaving Internet Explorer behind. EDGE is the newest edition. It will download as part of Windows 10. However, it sets itself up as your default browser. There are ways to set another browser as your default.
Lynx is a text only browser. This has made it a popular choice for people around the world who have only slow connections to the internet or who only want information rather than design.
Mozilla is the basis of Firefox and Netscape. It is basic and a good choice. The interface may not have all the bells and whistles of other browsers.
Netscape is closely tied into AOL. If you don't like AOL stay away from Netscape. In late 2007, AOL announced that it will no longer support or develop new versions of Netscape.
Opera initiated some features that have since appeared in Internet Explorer, Firefox and Netscape. Look to Opera and Firefox as leaders in innovation.
Opera's mini-browser for handheld pdas, phones, and pda/phones is a great tool.
Safari was designed for Apple. It will be awhile before it is ready for Windows (unless of course you are a long-time Safari user.)