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Off the Beaten Browser

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WHEN THE VAST MAJORITY of the world's PC users want to surf the web, they fire up Microsoft's Internet Explorer, the free browser that comes included with Windows, now in version 6.0. They may not
even know its name, since it's usually the only, or at least the preset default, choice for browsing on a new Windows machine. That's a shame, because IE, as it's known in the Internet business, is probably the worst web browser you can use. It's antiquated and unsecure, popular mostly because many users don't know there are alternatives.

In tacit acknowledgment of IE's shortcomings, Microsoft is currently mounting a crash effort to update the browser with something called Internet Explorer 7. But it's not ready yet. In the meantime, there are a handful of alternative browsers you can use every day instead of IE, on both Windows PCs and Macs - all of them superior to the current version of IE.

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