The lowdown alternative browser

What is it? An alternative browser is a user interface for accessing data, media and applications over an intranet or Internet connection from a source other than Explorer.

What are the advantages? Increased security and vendor independence; tabbed browsing.

What are the disadvantages? Lack of enterprise level support tools; not tied into the operating system or productivity suite (though this can also be one of
the advantages).

Who needs it? Mobile or home users who are not centrally managed; small offices; users in larger offices who need a second browser; organizations not locked into Microsoft applications.

Must-know info? Microsoft is the only browser that currently has enterprise manageability. In addition, many applications have been built to work with Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Because of these two factors, other browsers cannot fully replace Explorer for most users.

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