Why should I upgrade my web browser?

…because even web browsers become obsolete over time.

Remember when everyone stopped using cassette tapes and started using CDs? or switched from CDs to MP3s?

People made the move to CDs and to MP3s because they provided better sound, were more convenient, and eventually a majority of artists stopped releasing cassette tapes, instead only releasing CDs.

Just like making the move from the cassette tape to CD or MP3, updating your current web browser may be a difficult decision to make. In addition, at many organizations, the choice of software may be out of your hands. (Ohlone College employees can inquire about a browser upgrade for their office computer by placing a Helpdesk request.)

However, if you do have control over what software you are using, you should consider upgrading your browser. Doing so will improve your web experience, enabling you to use and view sites as their creators intended.

The following browsers are free and support numerous web standards including CSS, XHTML, and the DOM (Document Object Model - a universal means of controlling the behavior of web pages):

  • Firefox, a web browser by Mozilla for Windows
  • SeaMonkey, an all-in-one internet application suite (web browser, email, newsgroups, chat, HTML editing) by Mozilla
  • Safari, a web browser by Apple for the Mac
  • Camino, a web browser optimized for Mac OS X by Mozilla
  • Opera 7 or higher, a web browser (free version contains advertising) for Windows and Mac by Opera Software
  • Internet Explorer 6 or higher, a web browser by Microsoft; IE 7 applies web standards better than previous versions

This is not an exhaustive list of browsers that support web standards. Note that the Netscape browser/application has been discontinued.