BROWSERS & THEIR COOL STUFF


An introduction to Browsers

Browsers, often called Web browsers, are software clients that allow users to navigate to sites on the World Wide Web. The majority of these Web sites use the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), but many browsers can also interpret other protocols, including FTP, RSS, and P2P protocols such as BitTorrent. Hypertext pioneer Tim Berners-Lee created the first ever Web browser, WorldWideWeb, in 1990, but the software didn’t become popular until the release of NCSA Mosaic, the first graphical client.

Browsers truly hit the mainstream with the launch of Netscape Navigator, which was later shortened to simply Netscape, though the free client’s popularity was radically affected by the 1995 release of Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s entry into the browser market. In the years since, IE has completely dominated the market, only recently losing ground to alternative browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Opera.

Aside from general Web browsers, various subsets of the category offer special services. Offline browsers cache content from the Internet for future reference when you’re not connected to a network. Newsreaders manage content from Usenet newsgroups and syndicated feeds.

In recent years, the open-source browser Mozilla Firefox has earned praise for the ability of third-party developers to easily create extensions that add functionality. Among the thousands of home-brewed add-ons for Firefox, we’ve narrowed down our favorites in a collection of the best. The Microsoft browser also allows for IE add-ons, but its closed framework makes it a bit more difficult for developers.

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Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Explore the Web using Google’s super-fast browser.

Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox

Surf the Web comfortably, relying on speed, safety, and power of customization.

Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer

Surf the Web with the latest Microsoft browser for Windows XP or below.

Java Runtime Environment (JRE)

Java Runtime Environment (JRE)

Run Java applications on your Windows computer.

Opera

Opera

Try the faster browser that lets you get the most from today’s Web.

Adobe Shockwave Player

Adobe Shockwave Player

Display interactive multimedia Web content in your browser.

Avant Browser

Avant Browser

Navigate the Web with multi-processes for stability, with autofills, online bookmarks, and AD blockers.

Google Chrome Canary

Google Chrome Canary

Browse the Web with a version of Chrome that’s even less stable and more cutting-edge than the developer’s build.

Flock

Flock

Get the most out of social networking and the Web in this browser.

SlimBrowser

SlimBrowser

Navigate the Web using secure browser with form filler, popup and ad blocker, and download manager.

Lunascape

Lunascape

Use browser uniting rendering engines from Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer.

Chromium

Chromium

Experience the Web with the browser whose source code served the base for Google Chrome.

Fast Internet

Fast Internet

Make your internet faster.

CometBird

CometBird

Keep your bookmarks safely, browse web, and enhance the internet experience on PC.

Mozilla Firefox Aurora

Mozilla Firefox Aurora

Try out the experimental channel for Mozilla Firefox.

Maxthon

Maxthon

Surf the Internet using a browser with various features.

RockMelt

RockMelt

Connect with friends, preview search results, and get Web site updates.

Firefox Portable Plus

Firefox Portable Plus

Get a portable version of Firefox.

Google Chrome dev

Google Chrome dev

Explore the Web in a safe and secure way.

The World Browser

The World Browser

Get a multi-feature Web browser.

Comodo Dragon

Comodo Dragon

Browse the Web using Comodo’s security-oriented remix of Chromium.

Windows Internet Explorer 8 for MSN (Windows Vista 32-bit)

Windows Internet Explorer 8 for MSN (Windows Vista 32-bit)

Surf the Web bringing along your favorite MSN features.

Songbird

Songbird

Manage local music files, listen to Internet radio, and surf the Web.

Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC)

Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC)

Enable universal data access for your Windows-family operating system.

Opera Next

Opera Next

Test the latest beta browser from Opera.

Dolphin3D Web Browser

Dolphin3D Web Browser

Make the most of your time on the Web with the powerful, feature-rich Web browser.

Fast Web X2

Fast Web X2

Browse websites as fast as lightning with tight security and stability.

Epic

Epic

Get the web browser with an integrated antivirus protection.

Maxthon

Maxthon

Surf the Internet via browser with various features.

Google Chrome Backup

Google Chrome Backup

Back up and restore Google Chrome profile.

Netscape Communicator (32-bit Complete Install)

Netscape Communicator (32-bit Complete Install)

US-Browser

US-Browser

Get quick access to the United States Web site.

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