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What is web browser?
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 by Chinh Do

When you sit down and look at web pages, you are using a web browser. Web browsers are basically software programs that allow you to search for and view various kinds of information on the Web, such as web sites, video, audio, etc.


The race of the most common browsers

The most popular web browsers today are:

  • Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE): Most Internet users are using Internet Explorer because it's easy to use and most Web sites are written with Internet Explorer in mind, meaning that they are compatible.
  • Mozilla's Firefox: Firefox is rapidly gaining ground right behind Internet Explorer because of its tabbed browsing, superior security features, and fast load.
  • Mac Safari: Specifically for Mac users, Safari is an excellent choice for a Web browser, with fast load and good compatibility with most websites out there.
  • Google Chrome: First released in September 2008. Its market share has quickly risen and appears to be gaining further in the coming months.
  • Opera: Opera is another popular browser that's easy to use with powerful features. Opera has more features built-in than any other browser. You can also add new functionality with extensions.