Computing Tips: Web browsers

The browser is the most important piece of software on most people’s computers.

So it’s odd that Microsoft let Internet Explorer (IE) go five years without a redesign. Internet Explorer 7 is finally here, and it’s a welcome addition. But IE is no longer the unchallenged king of Web browsing, and the new version must contend with a spiffed-up Mozilla Firefox.

Read the reviews, download and install the browsers (it’s automatic), then try them both and see which one you prefer.

Click here to download the new Internet Explorer 7

Click here to download the new Firefox 2 or Mirror Site: Firefox 2

Click here to download the new Safari 3 Public Beta for Windows XP, Vista, or Mac

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Browsing for Browsers – PC Magazine
Choosing the right Web browser is vitally important; after all, it’s probably the piece of software you’ll use the most. Your browser shapes the way you use the Web, affecting your methods of gathering information and the speed and ease with which you collect it. And since the top browsers are free, there’s no reason not to shop around.

Rediscover the Web with Firefox 2.0
Mozilla Firefox is small, fast and easy to use, and offers many advantages over other web browsers, such as the tabbed browsing and the ability to block pop-up windows. PC World Product of the Year in 2005, Firefox has been a powerful, fast, secure and good-looking browser since the first day it hit the Internet streets. The new released Firefox version offers features that increase even more its performance, stability, usability and security.

Explorer’s Long-Awaited Update
The biggest change in IE is the elimination of security vulnerabilities that have dogged this software for a long time. But IE also gets a brand new look and feel, one that provides an important preview of what is coming in January with Windows Vista and, especially, Microsoft Office 2007.

Mozilla Firefox
The future of Web browsing comes down to one word: tabs. I realized it the instant I fired up multiple pages in a single window. Just like that, I could browse a half-dozen Web pages with ease, jumping from one to the next simply by clicking on the little tabs at the top of the window. What’s more, I could open multiple tabbed pages in the background, so they could load while I looked at the page in the foreground.

Must-Have Browser Upgrades
Your view of the Web is in for a change—in some cases, whether you like it or not. This can happen with either of two new browsers. One’s the second major update to Mozilla Firefox in a year. The other is more of a surprise: It comes from the company that sat out the last half decade of browser innovation, Microsoft. And it will be automatically installed on Windows XP machines starting next week.

New Internet Explorer browser worth a look
Microsoft’s Web browser. Internet Explorer 7, the first face lift for the program since 2001, is available for downloading today, and it looks pretty good. Of course, IE7 has to compete with a couple of other free Web browsers these days: an open source project called Mozilla Firefox and a Norwegian entry known as Opera. Over the past few years they’ve taken a chunk out of IE’s overwhelming market share – particularly among experienced Web surfers. And with good reason. They were faster, more versatile and more secure than Internet Explorer 6.

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Click on the logos below to download Firefox or Internet Explorer

Firefox 2 Windows Internet Explorer 7

Or click this logo to download the all-new Safari 3 Public Beta for Windows XP or Vista

Safari 3

Blazing performance.

The fastest web browser on any platform, Safari loads pages up to 2 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and up to 1.6 times faster than Firefox 2.

And it executes JavaScript up to 2.8 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and up to 1.6 times faster than Firefox 2.

What does all that mean for you? Less time loading pages and more time enjoying them.