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Web Browsers

A web browser (usually shortened to “browser”) is a computer program that is used to access web pages on the internet. Through your web browser you can do a number of things, from viewing websites to playing games, sending and receiving emails, and more.

Web browsers work by retrieving information from servers all around the world and presenting it to you on your home computer, laptop, or mobile device. This information can consist of just about anything, such as web pages, images, videos, forms, and other web-based content. Web browsers are a truly invaluable tool that is necessary for anyone who wants to get the most out of their internet connection.

A Brief History

The first ever web browser was developed in the year 1990 by a computer scientist and college professor named Sir Tim Berners-Lee. This browser was known as WorldWideWeb (later renamed Nexus). Following Nexus, two other browsers were developed known as Erwise and Mosaic, neither of which became too popular as the internet was still in its infancy.

In 1994 the spiritual successor to Mosaic, Netscape Navigator was developed. At the time, Netscape Navigator was easily the most popular web browser in the world, boasting over 90% of all web use at its peak.

In 1995, Microsoft responded with a browser of their own: Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer (often shortened to IE), thanks to being bundled with all Windows computers, quickly overtook Netscape Navigator as the top web browser.

In 1996, Opera was released to the public, but never became very popular. Since its release, Opera has carved out a niche in the mobile market, becoming a fairly popular alternative to other mobile browsers.

In 2003, the Apple Safari browser was released for beta testing. Apple Safari, thanks to being bundled with all Apple devices, is currently the most popular browser among Apple device users.

Finally, in 2008, Google Chrome was released to the public. Currently Google Chrome is the second most popular browser on the market, with usage increasing daily.

The Browsers

Here’s a short list of each browser and some of their features:

Google Chrome

  • Bookmarks
  • Download Manager
  • Settings Synchronization
  • Privacy Mode
  • Tabbed Browsing
  • Fast Browsing
  • Stable Browsing
  • Simple User Interface
  • Full Web Standards Support
  • Full Security Suite
  • Full Plugin Library
  • Full Theme Library

Internet Explorer

  • Windows OS Integration
  • Bookmarks
  • Download Manager
  • Tabbed Browsing
  • Fast Browsing
  • Site Pinning
  • One Box
  • Settings Synchronization
  • Privacy Mode
  • SmartScreen Filter
  • Full Web Standards Support
  • Full Theme Library

Safari

  • Bookmarks
  • Download Manager
  • Tabbed Browsing
  • Fast Browsing
  • Web Feed Aggregator
  • Spotlight Suggestions
  • Share Menu
  • Safari Reader
  • Battery Life Saver
  • Settings Synchronization
  • Privacy Mode
  • Full Web Standards Support
  • Full Security Suite
  • Full Plugin Library

Opera

  • Visual Bookmarks
  • Download Manager
  • Tabbed Browsing
  • Fast Browsing
  • Speed Dial
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Page Zooming
  • Opera Discover
  • Settings Synchronization
  • Full Web Standards Support
  • Full Security Suite
  • Full Plugin Library

In conclusion

In a world with so many great browsers, each with their own collection of totally unique strengths and weaknesses, it’s never a bad idea to weigh the options and figure out which browser is right for you. Whether you want a browser that’s lightweight and quick, aesthetically pleasing, feature-heavy, or something else entirely, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for in one of these great programs.