There are three leading
web browser applications, and several other options.
browsers have been created over the years, many of which are described
in the section on browser history. Today,
most people use one of the mainstream browsers: Explorer
Some people run more than one browser, but you can conveniently keep
your bookmarks only in one. Also, links
only get marked as visited in the browser you use, so you probably want to
standardize on one browser
of your surfing.
high-level trade-off matrix between the top three browsers is shown below.
You can also ask your friends for their experiences, and download and try several
with OS, faster.
sites ensure IE compliant first, some use MS multi-media software.
with OS, more vulnerable to viruses.
More complex, deeper
menus, not always standard.
Good bookmark functionality.
Available email (Thunderbird), newsgroups, and IRC clients.
quite as fast for some functions on Windows.
widely used on Windows.
This Living Internet site recommends Mozilla
it is well coded, multi-platform, free
open source software, compliant with web standards, and has the best bookmarking
Mozilla also has developed a suite of basic
Internet applications, including an email program and newsgroup reader called Thunderbird,
and an associated ChatZilla IRC client. These open source applications perform well on all platforms, and
get better with each release.
Other browsers. There are several other web browsers
which compete on various feature sets and have different strengths:
-- A venerable web browser for character mode terminals without graphics originally
developed at the University of Kansas Academic Computer Services Distributed
-- Integrates several Internet applications together, including a browser, email, and
-- Small, fast, customizable application.
Resources. The following sites maintain statistics about web browsers:
You can also see the section on Web Statistics.
Other browser sites are listed below: