a.k.a. Web browser

A program used to view, download, upload, surf, or otherwise access documents (for example, Web pages) on the Internet. Internet Explorer and Firefox are well-known Web browsers, just like Netscape used to be, that enable you to view and interact with Web sites.

Browsers read pages that are "marked up" or coded, usually in HTML (and often with advanced scripts like PHP). These pages reside on servers. The browsers interpret the code into what we see rendered as a Web page. As well-designed software programs, browsers contain a variety of tools, including bookmarks and the back button, that make "surfing the Net" more enjoyable. You will need a browser to "get on the Web."

It is important to keep your browsers updated! All you have to do is click on the link below and download the latest version for free. To see which version you have, go to the Help tab on your browser and click on About; read the information until you locate your version. NetLingo recommends Firefox 3.0, you can import all of your bookmarks and it works better than IE. Click on the link below and look for Mozilla Firefox and look for the latest version to download, or do a search for your preferred browser once you are there.

Web browsers include Internet Explorer (get at least version 6-7+), Firefox (get at least version 2+), Mozilla (yes, there is Mozilla Firefox and just Mozilla, get at least version 1+), Netscape (get at least version 7+), Opera (get at least version 7+), Konqueror (get at least version 3+), and Safari. The first Web browser developed for public use was Mosaic; it debuted in 1993 and was discontinued in 1997. There are many Web browsers on the market, including Google's Chrome, but you really only need to choose and use one.

NetLingo Classification: Net Software