Posted by designzillas on 5/14/10
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The internet is ever evolving, and like it or not your browser plays a huge role in how you interact with and view every website. Along with vanity and presentation obstacles, there are other issues to consider when sticking with an outdated browser; slow speed, limited and lack of features, security issues, a variety of bugs, and more often than not broken functionality.
In this day in age, websites are being built for the 2012 and 2013 market using current trends. Web designers are a creative technology driven kind and we build for the times. This means using new code languages and features unsupported by incompatible older browsers. When you upgrade your browser you are not only viewing a website as it’s meant to be seen; using a website as it’s meant to be used; you are also supporting the advancement of the web.
To keep things simple, let’s use the advancement of music technology as our analogy. Beginning with the popular use of a cassette deck, the preferred source for listening to music from the 1980’s through the early 1990’s. For its time, the cassette deck was amazing and served its purpose well. In the mid 90’s Compact Disc technology ruled and virtually eliminated the need for a cassette player because CD’s were more efficient, modern, and the technology sounded better. Today music is mostly enjoyed via mp3 or through an online resource and no one has looked back since.
Your old browser is like an outdated music listening device, great for its time but relatively useless now. Internet Explorer (IE6) above all is a cassette player; wonderful for viewing a 2001 website, but please remember it’s now mid 2012 and you shouldn't stick a CD into a cassette player; it will break. CDs and tapes were listening vehicles for the technology of its time. Make sure you’re using the right equipment to view the internet; keep your browsing vehicle current with the web technology of today!
Below you will find a list of the newest versions of the most used FREE web browsers.
Firefox 13: DOWNLOAD HERE
Widely-used open-source browser, highly extendable and customizable
Google Chrome: DOWNLOAD HERE
Google's browser with compact interface. Automatically always up to date!
Safari: DOWNLOAD HERE
Apple's fast browser
Internet Explorer 9: DOWNLOAD HERE
Currently only available for Windows Vista or Windows 7
Opera: DOWNLOAD HERE
Browser with many features
Updating your browser is one of the best investments you can make for the future of the web, and it’s a free one. Please take the time to update your browser and enjoy the internet as it was meant to be.