History of the Web Browser
Anyone that has used any internet enabled device has most certainly used a web browser.
Whether it be Internet Explorer, Opera, Chrome, Firefox and many others. The history of this technology is rich but over looked by most. The following is derived from a lengthy article on Wikipedia.
Before Tim Berners-Lee;
1984 – Firstly, The precursor of web browsers developed by Neil Larson, expanding on the ideas of futurist Ted Nelson.
1986 – Secondly, Neil Larson released DOS Houdini network browser which supported 2500 topics cross-connected with 7500 links.
1987 – Also, DOS Houdini’s capabilities were included in shareware file browser programs like HyperRez and PC Hypertext. These programs introduced concepts adopted 20 years by companies, such as Google
1988 -Hytlenet created by Peter Scott and Earle Fogel, expanding on the ideas of Hyerprez adding jumps to telnet sites.
1990 – Hytelnet offered users instant logon and access to online catalogs of over 5000 libraries around the world. The strength of Hytelnet was speed and simplicity in link creation/execution at the expense of a centralized world wide source.
1992 – Tony Johnson released MidasWWW browser, allowing the viewing of PostScript files on the web.
1993 – Thomas R Bruce released Cello; one of the very first graphical web browsers, and the first to run on Windows 3.1. Later on in the same year, the popularity of graphical web browsers exploded with the release of NCSA Mosaic.
1994 – IBM presented its own web browser
1996 – Microsoft vs Netscape. To catch up with Netscapes then 86% browser market share. Microsoft began to bundle Internet Explorer with Windows. Two years later Microsoft had majority market share. This same year Opera browser is released, which later on became the popular choice for mobile devices, which used the Presto Layout engine.
2002 – Mozilla released the powerful and stable internet suite: Mozilla 1.0. Later on in the same year, the Mozilla powered web browser Firefox was released.
2003 – Microsoft announced that internet explorer would no longer be available as a separate product. It is now part of the “evolution of windows”
2004 – Internet Explorer reached a peak market share of more than 92%
2005 – Microsoft reversed its decision to release Internet Explorer as part of Windows, announcing that a standalone version of Internet Explorer was under development
2008 – AOL announced they were seizing support of Netscape
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