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What is a web browser?

web browsersA web browser or internet browser is a piece of software that allows you to visit websites. Most computers come pre-loaded with a browser, but others are available to download for free online. Setting a default browser means webpages will automatically open in this program.

The most popular browsers are listed below, alongside the operating systems they are compatible with:

  • Chrome: Google's browser, installed by default on Chromebooks and some Android devices. Available for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS operating systems.
  • Firefox: Mozilla's browser, available for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS operating systems.
  • Safari: Apple's browser, installed by default on macOS and iOS devices. Not available on rival operating systems.
  • Edge: A Microsoft browser, installed by default on newer Windows devices. Not available on rival operating systems.
  • Internet Explorer: A discontinued Microsoft browser, installed by default on older Windows devices.
  • Opera: Available for Windows, macOS and Linux operating systems.

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