Google Chrome isn’t just a web browser. It’s an entire application development platform with a staggering number of fully capable web apps. It’s also the foundation of Chrome OS, a desktop operating system that powers the classes of notebooks and desktops called Chromebooks and Chromeboxes. ChromeOS even drives Chromebits, little HDMI devices that plug into your television and give it the capability to run the entire catalog of Chrome web apps. Chrome is awesomeness in a bottle. And all this awesomeness comes synced with your Google account and other Google services. Chrome is your one stop shop for cross platform computing.

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Mozilla Firefox also has a web app ecosystem but it’s catalog is much less robust than Chrome’s. But Firefox has extensions. Lots and lots of them. And they’re awesome. Firefox is alos generally more memory efficient than Chrome lately.

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Opera was one the little browser that could. Back in 1999 when the installer could fit on a 3.5″ floppy disk, Opera introduced tabbed browsing before Firefox was even out of beta or Chrome even existed. Opera is less unique today since they gave up their home grown rendering engine for Webkit, but the browser is still a very capable cross-platform solution.

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The new capabilities built into HTML 5 and its supporting standards that have been implemented in browsers like Chrome and firefox have all but removed the need for Java apps. But if you really do need to use one, here’s the run-time.

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Just like Java, Adobe Flash is becoming even less relevant by the day. But if you must have it, here you go.

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