Web browser alternatives. When you first turn on your new computer, you may find that only one browser is available. With the majority of Windows computers, Internet Explorer will already be installed on the computer and will be ready to go. Since many people don’t know that there are alternatives that can be downloaded and installed, and because others stick with the default because it is more comfortable, they never learn the benefits of switching to an alternative browser. But there are many to choose from, all their strengths and weaknesses.
Internet Explorer remains the most commonly used browser, but only by a slim percentage margin. It is so close that it is debatable whether it would remain in the top slot if it didn’t come already installed on the majority of computers sold today. Of the browsers that the user must choose to install, the most popular is Firefox. It is, in fact, almost as famous as Internet Explorer, and its popularity is growing by the day.
Firefox is a very secure browser, designed to not interfere with the operating system. It was initially designed to run in a ‘sandbox,’ meaning a layer between the browser and the operating system. That stopped viruses from being installed. There are many add-ons to customize your browsing experience with, and tabbed browsing is standard.
Chrome is the third most popular windows browser. Made by Google, it is also fast and lightweight. It employs tabbed browsing and searching through the URL box, keeping the browser uncluttered and straightforward. The range of apps available for it is impressive.
Opera comes in at the fourth most popular for Windows users, though it is the fourth most popular overall (after the Apple OS standard Safari browser). It is one of the fastest loadings of the browsers and is highly customizable, even allowing for the skins that run on the browser to be changed, thus completely changing its appearance. There are many add-ons available, though not as many as for Firefox.
Safari is also available for Windows computers but is used on far fewer than the competing browsers are. It finds most of its user base amongst the Apple community instead, running on Apple computers, the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
Some other web browser alternatives are available for Windows. Some of these are mostly featureless but promote themselves on one main strength. That is undoubtedly the case for browsers like K-Meleon, a tiny and lightweight browser that downloads incredibly quickly and runs fast. Using it is not as intuitive as using one of the more popular browsers, but it still serves its users well.
There is a wide range of available browsers for you to try, and they are free to download and run. That means you can run a new browser every week if you want to or have a particular browser for a particular function, such as giving a page’s text-only rendering. With so many browsers available, it is doubtful that Internet Explorer will remain on top for much longer.