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Web browsers are your main gateway to the internet and the companies responsible for producing them often undertake version updates. Newer browser versions allow you to take advantage of increased user interaction, enhanced safety protocols and view rich media.
Windows Internet Explorer
It knocked Netscape off its perch and reduced the cost of accessing the internet. Its been around for a while and is still a favorite of most web users.
Firefox uses less of your computer's memory while it's running, it comes with a host of cool features and is customizable.
Apple's Safari had its first beta release in January 2003; as of February 2009, it has a dominant share of Apple-based web browsing, accounting for just over 8% of the entire browser market.
The most recent major entrant to the browser market is Google's Chrome, first released in September 2008. As of February 2009, it has a 1.15% usage share.
Animation and Interactivity Players
Below you will find web media players that allow you to view animated or interactive web content.
Adobe ® Flash ® Player is the world's most pervasive software platform, used by over 2 million professionals and reaching 99.0% of Internet-enabled desktops in mature markets as well as a wide range of devices.
Over 450 million Internet-enabled desktops have installed Adobe Shockwave Player. These people now have access to some of the best the Web has to offer - including dazzling 3D games and entertainment, interactive product demonstrations, and online learning applications.
Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform, and cross-device plug-in for delivering media experiences and interactive applications for the Web.
Java allows you to play online games, chat with people around the world, calculate your mortgage interest, and view images in 3D, just to name a few.