On a Microsoft Windows NT or Windows 2000 network, the process of locating network resources using Windows Explorer, Network Neighborhood, or another utility.
Browsing is made possible by the Computer Browser service, which keeps track of all shared resources on a Windows NT network and communicates this information to clients when they need to access a resource.
The Computer Browser services are at the core of the ability to locate shared file and printer resources on a network.
In relationship to the Internet, the term “browsing” refers to the process of using a Web browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer to view and download Web pages from the Internet.
The origin of the term probably stems from the idea of reading magazines, in which you pick up one magazine and skim through its contents, then go to another magazine, and so on. On the Internet, it is even easier. You don’t have to “pick up” anything; you simply keep clicking the links.