About browsers

An internet browser, also known as a web browser or simply a browser, is a software program that you use to access the internet and view web pages on your computer. 

If you have a Windows device, you'll have a browser program called Internet Explorer, or, if you’ve just bought a machine running Windows 10, Microsoft’s new Edge web browser. . If you have an Apple product, then you'll use a browser called Safari

The original Racing Admin site was developed to be compatible with Internet Explorer, as this was the main browser around at the time. Now, nearly 20 years later, there are any number of browsers available, all with different features and functions to suit your personal needs, and you can download and use as many browsers as you like, including using different browsers at the same time to suit individual websites.

 

Most Popular Browser

Google Chrome, is by far the most used browser, accounting for around 60% of all web traffic, followed by Safari. Firefox, and then IE & Edge.

Chrome was also voted “best 2017 browser”, which is why the new Racing Admin site has been optimised for use with this browser.

 

Why shouldn't I use Internet Explorer?

In 2015, Microsoft discontinued Internet Explorer when it announced it would be replaced by Edge. Although Internet Explorer is still available on new PC’s/laptops, this is only for backwards compatible purposes so that websites not updated for modern browsers can still be accessed.

As Internet Explorer is no longer supported by Microsoft, this means that it is no longer updated and may be unreliable and less secure than the modern browsers mentioned, which are constantly patched and have updates released automatically.

 

Best browser

As the most popular browser, we would recommend Google Chrome, closely followed by Safari (if you have compatible Apple devices) and Firefox. Microsoft Edge is still effectively in development so may not be reliable to use consistently across all websites.

What determines the best browser is subjective though, and depends on personal preference. For example, Google Chrome allows you to sync all of your Google accounts, Gmail, Calendar, YouTube, Android devices etc. Safari does the same for Apple accounts and products, whilst the latest version of Firefox enables the best use of multiple tabs and provides a fast browsing experience.

 

More information

For more information on browsers, a quick Google search will provide a raft of information on recommendations, pros and cons, reviews, how to guides etc. A couple of websites that may be useful are as follows: