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Some rival browsers out there can offer you an alternative

Advertiser Staff Writer

Internet Explorer is the Web browser used by an estimated three-quarters of Internet users, but that doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of alternatives. Not all of them are labeled “Netscape,” either.

The Web news service CNET has a good roundup of reviews and information on crowding field of browsers (www.cnet.com/internet/0-3773.htm), but here’s a brief roundup of some of the rivals:

Opera 5.0 (for Windows) is just out and is the top-rated among the alternatives. A free version is available for those who don’t mind an ad displaying in the upper right corner (www.opera.com).

iCab (Macintosh) is a German-made browser whose features include a “smiley/sourface” rating on each page, indicating its compliance with Web HTML coding standards (www.icab.de).

Mosaic (Windows) deserves credit for being the first graphical Web browser, but development efforts have been discontinued (www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/SDG/Software/mosaicw/releaseinfo/download.html).

NeoPlanet (Windows) is not really a browser but a new face for Internet Explorer, which must also be explored. The “skin,” or appearance, of the browser can be customized (www.neoplanet.com).

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