MS Internet Explorer: Not the Only Game in Town
Published on this site: August 4th, 2004
When you buy a computer you'll notice they all come pre-loaded
with Microsoft Internet Explorer as the default browser. Everyone
knows Bill Gates runs the Internet, right? Wrong! When it comes
to browsers for surfing the Web, there are plenty of other choices...if
you know where to look for them. So if you thought you were stuck
using I.E., let's have a look at some of your other options.
- Safari: http://www.Apple.com/safari
Safari is the browser of choice for most Mac users. Faster than
Internet Explorer (at least that's the claim), it contains a built-in
Google Search, tabbed interface to browse multiple sites at once,
automatic form completion and more. Free to download.
- Mozilla: http://www.Mozilla.org/products/mozilla1.x/
Also known as "Sea Monkey," Mozilla is open source soft-
ware, so it's free. Mozilla is for Windows, Linux or Mac users.
Browse several sites at once with the tabbed interface, block
pop up ads and it even includes IRS Chat and a built-in Email
client with Spam filters.
- Opera: http://www.Opera.com
For Windows, Linux and Mac users alike. There are two versions;
one free (which is ad supported) or for 39.00, you can lose the
ads. Opera is very fast with a built- in email client that includes
anti-spam filters. It also contains the usual pop up blockers
and a nice little zoom function.
- OmniWeb: http://omnigroup.com/applications/omniweb
An award-winning Web browser strictly for Mac users. Cost is 29.95.
Features include ad blocking, history searching, website change
notifications, even speech recognition. This is one powerful piece
- Netscape Navigator:
Although Netscape doesn't have the market share it enjoyed in
the "old days", it's still alive and well. Netscape
7.1 is based on Mozilla 1.4; both programs are almost identical.
Free to download.
- FireFox: http://www.texturizer.net/firebird
Firefox (aka Firebird) is actually a stripped down version of
Mozilla and built for speed. It's only a browser with no built-in
email client, so if you need email you'll want to download its
companion, Thunderbird, at http://www.mozilla.org/products/thunderbird
Those who love Mozilla will find many of the same features here.
With Firefox you can block pop ups, customize the toolbars, even
change its appearance with the use of themes. For Windows, Linux
and Mac users. Free.
These are the heavyweight alternatives to MS Internet Explorer,
but if you're looking for something a bit different you'll want
to take a look at some of these browsers:
- Avant Browser: http://www.AvantBrowser.com
A tabbed browser that's really fast and allows you to view
multiple websites in a split window interface. Free.
- SlimBrowser: http://www.FlashPeak.com
A Windows-based browser with a price tag of zero. It's easy to
customize the look of this browser with the use of skins. Includes
a spell checker,pop up killers, and a tool for filling in forms.
Also includes a language tab for translating different languages.
- MyIE2: http://www.MyIE2.com
Fashioned after Internet Explorer, this tabbed browser is served
up at no charge, but they do ask for donations if you're feeling
- NetCaptor: http://www.NetCaptor.com
Built on top of I.E.'s interface (without the security flaws),
it's another tabbed browser for power users. Free version is called
"Personal Edition," which contains sponsored ads or
you can upgrade to "NetCaptor Pro" for only 29.95.
If you're not happy with Internet Explorer, or maybe you're just
ready to try something new, download one of these browsers and take
"her for a spin." Like a new Car you just meant to take
for a "test drive," you may fall in love and decide to
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