installing a browser : Java Glossary


installing a browser
You have probably been directed here to either check if you have a recent browser or to install one. A browser is a program to surf the web and run Java Applets.

Best Browsers

These are the browsers I recommend, best near the top. You can check if you have the latest version by looking in the about box of your browser.
Please select one of these modern browsers to download and install free.
Click the corresponding browser icon to download the latest free browser software, or click the browser name for more information.
FirefoxFirefox44.2with the Java 1.8.0_74 JRE. Its support of Java is erratic. Most widely supported next to IE. Many add-ins. Very fast rendering. Weak on table rendering. Best for printing. Fairly slow to start up. Often stalls on first page from a new site. Must hit reload.
SeaMonkeySeaMonkey2.39with the Java 1.8.0_74 JRE. Similar to Firefox, with integrated Email.
SafariSafari5.1.7with the Java 1.8.0_74 JRE. For both Macs and PCs. Cannot get it to run Java. Some rendering problems. Simple and stripped down.
AvantAvant2016:01with the Java 1.8.0_74 JRE. It is a fast browser, especially at starting up. Has problems with JavaScript. Excellent at rendering and printing tables. It uses the Firefox or Chrome rendering engine. Handles Applets, but has trouble with Java Web Start.
OperaOpera35.0.2066.37with the Java 1.8.0_74 JRE. It no longer its own rendering engine, which was its main advantage. It uses Chrome. No longer lets you configure your own editor. No bookmarks. You must click every Java Applet instance to view it. Implements SPDY for faster communication.
Google ChromeGoogle Chrome40.0.2214.91with the Java 1.8.0_74 JRE. Dropped support for Java applets. Frequently automatically updated. Has no edit source button. Slow starting when it fiddles with a proxy. Displays CurrCon prices correctly. Poor downloading — it hides the fact it is doing so in the bottom left corner. Often downloads without you asking. Handles foreign language sites particularly well since it integrates with Google Translate. Best for interacting with Google. BrowserMark rates this as the fastest browser. Good for ecommerce. Can’t print white writing on a black background.
IE11IE1111.0.9600.17501with the Java 1.8.0_74 JRE. Not recommended. This browser is hopeless at Java, especially the 64-bit version. However, some websites will work with no other browser, though many work on everything but this eccentric browser.
Get JavaOracle’s Java1.8.0_74JRE

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