BROWSER SELECTION

BROWSER SELECTION

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Google Chrome is one of the most commonly used web browsers. It is also easy to browse in it but do you know there are other browsers also which have similar features, give additional supports and are used for different purposes . Let’s explore them in this article.

A web browser is a  computer application used for retrieving, presenting and transmitting information resources on the world wide web (WWW).

Examples : 

Mozilla FireFox (free and open-source)

@from Wikipedia

Mozilla Firefox is a free and open-source web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation and its subsidiary, Mozilla Corporation. Firefox uses the Gecko layout engine to render web pages, which implements current and anticipated web standards.

Google Chrome (Chromium open-source project)

Chromium is an open source web browser project started by Google, to provide source code for proprietary Google chrome browser.

Internet Explorer (Microsoft Windows line of the operating system)     

@from Wikipedia

 

Internet Explorer ( commonly abbreviated IE or MSIE) is a series of graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft and included in the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems.This software allows users to view and navigate web pages on the Internet. Internet Explorer is the most widely used browser in the world.

New version of Internet Explorer


Microsoft Edge [Both are pre-installed in new laptops]

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Microsoft Edge gives you the tools to protect your privacy online with features like tracking prevention, AdBlock Plus and InPrivate mode. Organise the web in a way that cuts through the clutter, making it easier to find, view and manage your content on-the-go.

Safari (developed by Apple)

Safari is a graphical web browser developed by Apple, based on the WebKit engine. First released on desktop in 2003 with Mac OS X Panther, a mobile version has been bundled with iOS devices since the iPhone’s introduction in 2007. Safari is the default browser on Apple devices.

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Opera (Fast Safe and Secure Browser)

Reduce Online Tracking & Shield Your Browsing From Everybody With Our Integrated VPN. Customize Opera With Dark and Light Themes, Wallpapers, Bookmarks & Tons Of Other Options. Amenities: Free VPN, Ad blocker, Integrated messengers, Snapshot feature.

opera

Brave etc.

Brave is a free and open-source web browser developed by Brave Software, Inc. based on the Chromium web browser. It blocks ads and website trackers and provides a way for users to send cryptocurrency contributions in the form of Basic Attention Tokens to websites and content creators.

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Steps for selecting suitable web Browser

Here are some steps you should follow while choosing a suitable web browser:

A.

  • Determine the age of your computer.
  • Check whether it is personal computer, laptop or mobile device.

B.

C.

  •  Operating System
  • Some browsers are only available upto the certain operating systems. Example: ice Weasel for UBUNTU system.

D.

  • Explore and Research
    • Plugins adaptable browser [like Mozilla Firefox]
      • Tabs (Multiple tabs browser)[like Safari]
      • Supports torrent, email plugins [like Opera]
      • Turbo mode(speed ups)[like Opera]
      • Inbuilt File manager [konqueror]
      • Sea Monkey(Html editor)
      • Inbuilt email client

E.

  • Compare different browsers as suitable
    • Low memory browser like Off-by-one, Skipstone, Dillo, NetSurf
    • Fast browser like Elinks (text-only browser)[Last stable version: 0.7.11]

F.

  • And finally download a new browser (haha Obviously…)

BROWSER SUPPORTING TABLE

Here is the table to show which OS supports which browser:

BrowserWindows   Linux  Macintosh
Mozilla Firefox     YES     YES     YES
Ice Weasel     YES     YES     NO
Google Chrome     YES      NO     YES
Chromium     YES     YES     YES
Edge     YES     NO     YES
Internet Explorer     YES     NO     YES
Safari     YES     NO     YES
Opera     YES     YES     YES
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Browsers can be as small as 1.2MB like ‘off by one’ and can contain all social media plugins to expand its size like ‘Flock’.

I hope now onward you will choose selected browsers for specific purposes and hope you learned something new with this. As always your suggestions or any error corrections are most welcomed here. You can even connect with me through LinkedIn :0 . 

References:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Wide_Web

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/

https://www.google.com/chrome/

https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/internet-explorer.aspx

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/features

https://www.apple.com/in/safari/

https://www.opera.com/hi

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_IceCat

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea-Monkeys

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