browser

  

Definition

Computer program (such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox) that enables internet users to access, navigate, and search World Wide Web sites. Browsers interpret hypertext links ('hotlinks') and allow documents formatted in hypertext markup language (HTML) to be viewed on the computer screen, and provide many other services including email and downloading and uploading of data, audio, and video files. Also called web browser.

Use browser in a sentence

  • The class was instructed to open their internet browsers and navigate to the schools home page in order to log onto the intranet.

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  • He preferred one browser to another to search the web, because it was faster and had better and more intuitive controls.

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  • When Denny's boss entered his office, he quickly shut down his web browser, so that his boss could not see that he was looking for other jobs.

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  • Why Didn't Netscape Win the Browser Wars?
    "In the early days of the web, Netscape was the dominant browser. Why wasn't it able to maintain that dominance? There are numerous reasons: 1. Switching costs were low. The products were free, simple, and similar, and were easy to switch between. 2. There was a high degree of compatibility: web pages displayed almost the same way regardless of which browser was used. 3. There weren't substantial network effects. In other words, one person didn't benefit from using the same browser that another was using. Collectively these facts made it easier for Microsoft to leverage its dominance on the desktop to quickly gain browser market share."
    - Tom Murcko

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