I don’t know who decided on the term browsing, but it’s a good way to describe what you do on the Internet. Here’s the dictionary definition: “to look through or glance at casually”. And, that’s pretty much what you do when moseying around online. So, the tool you use to to look at the Web is called a browser. There are several well-known browsers:
Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) — it comes with most pc’s, so is most widely used. It’s the one with the blue e.
Chrome — Created by Google, Chrome is a relative newcomer to the browser world. It’s colorful!
Safari — Safari is used mostly on Macs, but it’s also an excellent browser for PC’s.
Firefox — (FF) It’s been around for a long time and for good reason has a loyal following. The Fox logo gives it away.
Opera — Is a beautiful, clean browser. Its logo is the red O.
Some facts about browsers:
– All browsers are free to download
– They all function similarly, so you’re the best judge of what you like. It’s just a matter of looks, really.
– You should never feel forced to use a particular browser because it’s the one that shipped with your computer. You’re in control
– You can try them all, because you can have more than one on your computer. I have five.
– Browsers get old. Website creators can’t guarantee that their sites will work on browsers that are five, six, seven, ten years old. It’s not practical. So, when your computer says “Update your browser”, you should probably listen.
– Some websites don’t work with some browsers. I know. This is a pain. But programmers who build online functions don’t always have the resources to test on a dozen different browsers. So, they choose the one their site visitors would use most. Example: If you’re a real estate person accessing your MLS site, it may work better in one browser and not so much in another.