Let’s talk about browsers. What’s an internet browser? Well, if the Internet is the Information Highway, then your browser is your car. In other words, you need a browser to get to whatever your destination is on the great wide web. How do you know which browser you are using? With so many browsers to choose from, which should you choose?
If you are Mac user, you already have a wonderful browser call Safari on your Mac device. Safari is Apple’s “native” browser. Your shortcut to this browser might look something like this.
If you are a Windows user you are likely on Windows 10 now. Windows 10 introduced a new browsing experience with Windows Edge. Edge is a hybrid of the Bing search engine and Internet Explorer. But wait—where’s my trusty Internet Explorer, you might ask. It is still there, but your desktop shortcut may be missing. You will want to go into your settings and search your apps to find that old familiar symbol.
These are wonderful browsers, but you are not limited to just one of these. There are also a variety of other “open source” browser choices, such Firefox from Mozilla and Chrome by Google—even a browser called Opera which is popular with Mac users. All of these open source browsers are cross platform compatible and free to download. This means that whether you are a Mac user or a Windows user, you can use one of these browsers.
Whichever browser you choose, make sure you are using most recent version of it. It’s good to check your browser version about once a month. Your native browser will update whenever your computer’s operating system updates, but the open source browsers (like Chrome and Firefox) may need to be updated manually. Updating your browser can solve many issues that affect the playback of your courses.
Manually updating browsers like Chrome or Firefox is fairly easy since open source browsers are pretty user friendly. If you go into the browser settings, you will find the place to update your browser. For Chrome, go into “Help” then “About Chrome” and your browser will automatically update you to the latest version. In Firefox, you will look for the settings and then go into the Advanced Settings. There will you see the option to update your Firefox.
As always, we have support for you. All of these browsers should work with our cross-platform compatible courses. If you have any issues you have with the playback of your HCI courses, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or submit a ticket through support and we’ll be there to help.