List of Internet Browsers
It seems that there are more and more internet browsers available every year, so here we’re taking a look at the most popular browsers, and trying to see just what makes them different from each other.
LIST OF INTERNET BROWSERS
When the WorldWideWeb first burst onto the scene in February 1991, little did the majority of us realize just what a terrific impact it was going to have on the entire world (ok, some smarty pants will say that they knew, but it’s always easy after the event isn’t it?). Where would we be without it these days? It definitely revolutionized the way we live, the way we do business and the way we communicate with each other! Somebody saw the future, and the future was the WorldWideWeb.
Mosaic wasn’t far behind, arriving on the scene in 1993. Some say this helped to popularize the WorldWideWeb, and they’re probably right.
Netscape appeared in 1994, as a predecessor to the highly successful Mozilla browsers. It might have fallen by the wayside somewhat, but it was still instrumental in the history of internet browsers.
When Microsoft gave us Internet Explorer in 1995 it quickly took the internet browsing world by storm (well, it was Microsoft). By 2002, a massive 95% of all users were surfing the internet using Internet Explorer although many so called experts weren’t that impressed. With less than two thirds of the market these days, the recently launched IE9 is hoping to change all that soon and put it back where it rightfully belongs (according to Microsoft anyway).
Mozilla arrived in 2002 and has been pretty much near the top of the browser tree ever since. Mozilla Firefox for example, was responsible for snatching away many previous Internet Explorer users, boasting that it has:
- speed – comparing its relative performance to that of a sports car to a mini van with Internet Explorer
- safety – with open source security it promises to keep you safer, quicker, while you are online
- usability – remarkably easy to use
- customization – there are literally hundreds of ways to make it your own
- price – well, you can’t get much cheaper than free, can you?
Not to be outdone, in 2003 Apple went on Safari putting the emphasis firmly on browsing, and not the browser itself. Now up to Safari 5 they’ve certainly been doing something right in keeping both Macs and PCs up to speed in the browsing department!
Google Chrome is one of the youngest members of the internet browser family, arriving on a PC near you (potentially) in 2008. Once again it’s free, it’s installed in seconds and promises to run all of your websites and applications at lightening speed.