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Whatbrowser is the Simple Way to Explain Web Browsers to Anyone

Have you ever tried to explain what a web browser was to someone who isn’t tech savvy? I recently tried to convert some of my long-time Internet Explorer using relatives over to Chrome and it resulted in utter confusion. The questions came up just like you expect they would, “What is this Simon Says icon all about?” “What did you do to the internet, it’s gone.” and so on. The reality of the situation quickly made it necessary to explain what a web browser was, and luckily I was still there in person to do it. But, what if you aren’t there in person? That’s where WhatBrowser comes in.


When you visit it will detect which browser you are running, and which version. It will then display this information in a small box, and then list other browser options. It’s quite refreshing to see an unbiased explanation when you consider Google owns and operates the site.

what browser am i using

If you continue scrolling down the page begins a short and simple explanation of what a web browser is. Each step of the explanation is accompanied by some crafty clip art.

what is a web browser

The page is also available in several different languages, so don’t let that be a barrier. The site is designed to automatically detect what language you are already using on your computer, but just incase it doesn’t there is a manual language changer at the bottom.

multi language

Overall whatbrowser isn’t anything too impressive, but it could provide a nifty stepping stone to get non-techy family and friends into using a better web browser.

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13 Responses to Whatbrowser is the Simple Way to Explain Web Browsers to Anyone

  1. Juice805 October 24, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    for some reason is just sending me to Google

    • Steve Krause October 27, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

      Yeah – you need to use .org, not .com.

  2. Bogdan Bele October 25, 2012 at 12:37 am #

    Hahaha, I actually told some of my IE-using relatives and friends that, if I realize they’re still using it, I will not fix their computer when something’s wrong. And who else would they ask?

    • Austin Krause October 25, 2012 at 6:17 am #

      Tyrannical tech support, it just might work!

      • Bogdan Bele October 25, 2012 at 8:28 am #

        You wouldn’t believe how well it does work 🙂

    • M Hanson October 29, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

      So did I!

  3. Sam October 25, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    Have you ever tried to teach a group at a nursing home anything about technology? This would have made my life just a little easier.

    • Austin Krause October 25, 2012 at 9:02 am #

      Haha! Can’t say I have, but that certainly sounds like a task of astronomic exigency.

    • Steve Krause October 27, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

      Probably not enough Alcohol in the world for that bit of excitement. 😉

  4. Jack Busch October 28, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    At work we’ve just upgraded to IE8. It’s revolutionary. People are like “oh my god, tabs!”

    That 8 was not a typo.


    • Steve Krause October 28, 2012 at 11:09 am #

      ehhehehe… I’ll bet if we were to survey 100 companies, 70-80% would still be running Windows XP. Upgrades are painful for a business especially if the company is not a tech company. Hard to get support in some cases…

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