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Surf the Web your way

Let’s say you want to use a different browser on your computer but the IT policy of your company doesn’t allow installation of new software.

tech reviews Updated: Mar 10, 2009 17:56 IST
Amit Agarwal

Let’s say you want to use a different browser on your computer but the IT policy of your company doesn’t allow installation of new software. Or you want to try the new IE 8 browser on your machine without messing up your existing installation of IE 7.

When it comes to web browsers, we all have different preferences. Some people prefer using Firefox because it’s customisable and supports loads of add-ons while others prefer Google Chrome for its clean looks.

And then there are those, who’re still the majority, who are more comfortable with IE as they have been using it since day one or because IE is still the only browser that’s officially supported by most websites (especially your bank’s).

Two in one
If you aren’t happy with the default browser installed on your system, you have two options — either download and install a new browser or better still, get Xenocode Apps from xenocode.com.

Xenocode provides portable apps for all popular browsers include Chrome, Firefox, IE, Opera and Apple Safari — what that means is you can simple download a browser port from Xenocode website and start using it right away without having to install anything.

These browsers won’t mess up any of the existing settings of your system and you may even carry them on a USB thumb drive in case you want to surf the Web in an Internet café using one of your favourite browser.

Amit writes a technology blog at www.labnol.org