A web browser (commonly referred to as a browser) is a software application for retrieving, presenting and traversing information resources on the World Wide Web. A browser is a software that is used to access the internet. A browser lets you visit websites and do activities within them like login, view multimedia, link from one site to another, visit one page from another, print, send and receive email, among many other activities.
Below are some of the core benefits of web browsers.
- Cross-platform compatibility:
Most web browsers are far more compatible across platforms than traditional installed software. Typically the minimum requirement would be a web browser of which there are many. (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Netscape to name but a few). These web browsers are available for a multitude of operating systems and so whether you use Windows, Linux or Mac OS you can still run the web application.
- More manageable:
Web-based systems need only be installed on the server placing minimal requirements on the end user workstation. This makes maintaining and updating the system much simpler as usually it can all be done on the server. Any client updates can be deployed via the web server with relative ease.
- Highly deployable:
Due to the manageability and cross-platform support deploying web applications to the end user is far easier. They are also ideal where bandwidth is limited and the system and data is remote to the user. At their most deployable you simply need to send the user a website address to log in to and provide them with Internet access. This has huge implications allowing you to widen access to your systems; streamline processes and improve relationships by providing more of your customers, suppliers and third parties with access to your systems.
- Secure live data:
Typically in larger more complex systems data is stored and moved around separate systems and data sources. In web-based systems these systems and processes can often be consolidated reducing the need to move data around.
Web browsers also provide an added layer of security by removing the need for the user to have access to the data and back-end servers.
- Reduced costs:
Web browsers can dramatically lower costs due to reduced support and maintenance, lower requirements on the end user system and simplified architecture.
By thither streamlining your business operations as a result of your web browser additional savings can often be found.