- A Web browser is a software application for retrieving, presenting, and traversing information resources on the World Wide Web.
- The major web browsers are Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Netscape Navigator 9, and Opera for Windows and Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape Navigator 9, and Opera for Macintosh.
- WorldWideWeb was the world’s first web browser and was introduced on February 26, 1991, by British scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and ran on the NeXTSTEP platform. It was later renamed Nexus to avoid confusion with the World Wide Web.
- The World’s First Graphical Browser was Erwise and it was developed by four Finnish college students in 1991.
- Mosaic was developed at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) beginning in late 1992. NCSA released the browser in 1993, and officially discontinued development and support on January 7, 1997.
- The Lunascape Web Browser from Tokyo is the world’s fast hybrid browser. Lunascape is the first multilingual, triple engine browser developed in Japan. It combines the four main web browsers – Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. This mean that it supports the three layout engines, or rendering engines, that are used to create the four browsers listed above: Trident (Internet Explorer), Gecko (Firefox), and WebKit (Chrome/Safari).
Currently, it only works on Windows.
- Internet explorer is still the world’s most used desktop browser.
- Opera is the most popular web mobile browser.
- Firefox is the most downloaded popular and stable Web Browser of the world.
- Google Chrome was first released as a beta version for Microsoft Windows on 2 September 2008, and the public stable release was on 11 December 2008. Chrome runs web pages and applications with lightning speed. The name is derived from the graphical user interface frame, or “chrome”, of web browsers. As of December 2009, Chrome was the third most widely used browser, with 4.4% of worldwide usage share of web browsers.
- Safari is not an Apple exclusive anymore; the top-notch browser is now available for PCs as well. Safari provides the Mac look and feel in Internet browsing.
- Netscape Browser is the name of a Windows web browser published by AOL, but was developed by Mercurial Communications. On December 28, 2007, Netscape developers announced that AOL would discontinue the web browser on February 1, 2008.
*This Article was previously published in Global Thoughtz.