Six browsers that changed theworld (wide web)The web browser has become our window into the World Wide Web. Here are fiveweb browsers that change the way we access the information superhighway.By Jeff JedrasImage courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
WorldWideWeb (Nexus)Later renamed Nexus to avoid confusion, WorldWideWeb was the first webbrowser and editor. It was written by Internet pioneer Tim Breners-Lee at CERN in1990. Other proposed names? The Mine of Information and The InformationMesh.
MosaicDeveloped by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications in 1993,Mosaic brought the web out of university labs to the wider nerdy masses. The firsttruly graphical browser, it ran on Windows, as well as Unix, Amiga and Macintosh.
Netscape NavigatorLaunched in 1994, Netscape was the dominant web browser of the mid to late-1990s. While Microsoft would muscle it out of the market with Internet Explorerusing its Windows dominance, its codebase helped to birth Mozilla Firefox.
Microsoft Internet ExplorerWhile Microsoft first launched Internet Explorer in 1995, it was IE 3.0 in 1996 thatarguably cemented the browser’s dominance, adding support for CSS, ActiveX,Java applets and inline media. At its peak in 2003, IE had 95 per cent of thebrowsing market.
Mozilla FirefoxFor those using IE only out of necessity after the death of Netscape, the launch ofFirefox by Mozilla in 2002 was a revelation. It was more lightweight, had coolfeatures like integrated search and tabbed browsing, and wasn’t foisted on us byRedmond.
Google ChromeAnd when Firefox became too bloated and clunky for some, in 2008 Google gave usChrome. It’s minimalist, it’s smooth, and we can take our bookmarks with us fromcomputer to computer. They really should have called it Platinum.