The most popular Browsers
A web browser is a software application that is used to view web pages. Most browsers can also be used to send and receive email and read newsgroups. There are hundreds of different browsers available for a wide range of operating system platforms. However we are going to cover the most popular browsers for Microsoft Windows based computers systems,
- Microsoft Internet Explorer - Currently the most popular of all browsers and is used by over 90% of users on this web site. Reasons for this could be that is has been supplied with versions of Windows 95, 98, 2000 operating systems and in addition the browser supports almost everything that could be desired, from ActiveX and Java to dynamic HTML and XML. The downside is that it requires a lot of memory, CPU and disk space and has had security problems.
- Netscape Navigator - Before Internet Explorer was the most popular browser Netscape Navigator was the king of browers during the mid 1990's. Netscape believe the reason for their downfall was Microsoft supplying it with Windows operating systems and have taken Microsoft to court in the USA for unfair business practices. Just because Netscape Navigator isn't the top dog anymore doesn't mean it isn't any good, it still does an excellent job of allowing you to surf the web and unlike Internet Explorer it doesn't integrate itself into the bowels of your system.
- Opera - There are smaller, faster, more reliable browsers than Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer on the market. The most popular of these is Opera which has user-friendly features, is fast and can run on low spec computers unlike the latest versions of Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer. The downside of Opera and other small browsers is the lack of support for features like XML.