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Web browsers

A web browser is a program that lets you view and navigate web pages. A significant aspect of web browsers is that different web browsers will work best in different situations and with different websites and online systems. While it may be preferable to use a single web browser for most purposes, we recommend having more than one web browser available on your computer.

Common browsers

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox is a popular web browser and is typically the most recommended by the Student Help Desk.  We recommend it because overall our experience has shown more consistency between its various updates, in comparison to the other browsers listed, and the most forgiving interaction with D2L.   *The latest version of Firefox does not support Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight or Java.

Mozilla Firefox can be downloaded for free from firefox.com.

Google Chrome

Chrome is also a popular web browser that has seen more usage recently. Chrome is the top choice if you are primarily using the various Google Apps such as Google Mail, Google Drive, Google Hangouts, etc. Since PCC’s email is hosted by Google this can be very useful to those who decide to really dive into their suite of apps. *Chrome does not support Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight or Java.

Google Chrome is also the best choice if you want to use cool PCC-licensed extensions like Read & Write, or web conferencing tools like Zoom that may be utilized in courses.

Google Chrome can be downloaded for free at: https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge

Windows 10 introduced the Edge browser which replaces Internet Explorer as the default browser.  *Microsoft Edge does not support Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight or Java.

Apple Safari

Safari is the default browser for Mac users, and comes as part of the Mac OSX.  We recommend it for Mac users primarily as it has the most compatibility with the Mac operating system. *Safari does not support Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight or Java.