WWW FAQs: What is the difference between a web browser and a search engine?

2007-05-17: Web browsers and search engines both talk to web servers in order to retrieve web pages. But while a web browser then shows that page directly to a human being, a search engine does not. Instead, the search engine analyzes the page, looking for uncommon words and indexing the content so that users can search for the pages they want.

For more information, see what is a web browser, what is a search engine and what is a web server.

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