A browser is the window through which you view the Internet and the two dominant players in the field are Microsoft with Explorer and Netscape with Navigator. Many people don’t choose their browser as it either comes bundled with a new PC or ISP or else a systems department has long ago made that decision for you. There are, however, other players in the market and, depending on your Internet usage, one of these may suit your needs better. The two we recommend as possible alternatives are Lynx and Opera. But bear in mind as these are currently minority products, not all websites will be optimised to work in them.
Used by many so-called web professionals so you run a risk of being labelled the office nerd, but it may be worth it since Opera does pretty much everything Explorer can do and more – and faster (it has been dubbed the fastest browser on Earth). It is a good option for the disabled because its functions can be operated from a keyboard, as well as a mouse, and pages can be magnified by up to 1,000 per cent. Download at http://www.opera.com/
Lynx is a text-only browser, which means it handles only words on the Web. If you are accessing mainly text-heavy reports, it is worth considering because it offers faster browsing since it dutifully ignores all the pictures and graphics. Download at http://www.lynx.browser.org/