Like many products have started doing, Dropbox now offers a web-based installer for its Windows desktop client and also for Mac. When you click the download link, you get a small installer stub instead of the full-sized installer. That web installer will download the full version of Dropbox to your PC and install it. This is not an issue for users who want to install Dropbox on just one PC, but, if you want to download it once and then install it on multiple PCs, it makes no sense to download it individually on every PC.
As many products have started doing, Skype has an annoying web-based installer for its Windows desktop version. When you click the download link, you get a small installer stub instead of the full big-sized installer. The web installer downloads the full version of Skype. The web installer shows a marquee-style progress bar with no indication of how much time is left to download and install. Let's see instead how to get the full Skype installer.
Adobe's Flash Player is something that you need to update constantly. Just 2 days ago, Adobe released an emergency update for Flash Player to fix a critical remote code execution vulnerability that hackers on the web are actively exploiting. However, even if Flash Player's installer has automatic update checking and the ability to update automatically, you may want to download the full Flash Player installer to update multiple machines quickly. Here are direct download links for it.
Today, Opera Software has introduced a major change to the redistribution model of the Opera browser. Like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, the stable release channel of Opera will get a web-based installer in the near future. Opera Dev branch has already got it so anyone who is interested in staying on the bleeding edge of browser development will be able to play with the installer stub.
As Google has always been doing with their Chrome web browser, Mozilla has recently switched to a web-based installer for its browser, Firefox. Now, when you click the download link, you will get a small installer stub instead of the full big-sized installer. The web installer downloads the full version of Firefox. This is not an issue for users who want to install Firefox on just one PC, or who have a good Internet connection which is always online. However, there are several cases where you might need the complete, full offline installer for Firefox. For example, if you want to download it once and then install it on multiple PCs, it makes no sense to download it individually on every PC. Also, if you have an expensive and limited mobile internet data plan, then again you wouldn't want to download Firefox multiple times. To get the full offline installer for Firefox, you have at least two options.