Browser Evolution – The History of Web Browsers [Infographic]

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Looking at the browsers in the current browser race it is hard to remember the time when Netscape had over 86% of the market share. Once Microsoft started integrating Internet Explorer with Windows they unsurprisingly took over the market and dominated it for several years. Enjoy this infograhpic and the The History of Web Browsers.

Looking at the browsers in the current browser race it is hard to remember the time when Netscape had over 86% of the market share. Once Microsoft started integrating Internet Explorer with Windows they unsurprisingly took over the market and dominated it for several years. Enjoy this infograhpic and the The History of Web Browsers.

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  1. bottleHeD Monday - 14 / 03 / 2011 Reply
    kinda sad to see Opera laggin throughout, considering how it spawned some of the most useful and innovative (and consequently replicated) browser features.
  2. Mike Tuesday - 15 / 03 / 2011 Reply
    This is a nice visual representation of historic market shares of different browsers. The currently most popular browsers in each country is available on a world map at www.browserrank.com. The data is updated weekly. For instance, Chrome is already the most popular browser in 4 countries, Tunisia, Albania, Armenia and Philippines.
  3. ChristiAN Wednesday - 16 / 03 / 2011 Reply
    This is the desktop view, but the heat right now is on mobile/pads -where Opera has a very different impact...
  4. K Wednesday - 16 / 03 / 2011 Reply
    You should add that Opera version 4 had tabbed browsing in 2000 http://www.opera.com/docs/history/ I think it was possible to do this in 1995 by maximizing the windows in the MDI user interface, but it wasn't until 2000 that they removed MDI and made tabs the only ooption
  5. Jan Wednesday - 16 / 03 / 2011 Reply
    Nice graphic, but there were other web browsers before Netscape. Mosaic, for instance, which I remember fondly...
  6. Andrew Sunday - 27 / 03 / 2011 Reply
    Yes, I second Jan's comment. It would have been nice to see the lineage start from other browsers like Mosaic, SpyGlass, etc. rather than simply Netscape http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosaic_%28web_browser%29
  7. StPAUL Monday - 28 / 03 / 2011 Reply
    Yes... Before Netscape, Mosaic is my favorite.
  8. Lloyd Budd Tuesday - 29 / 03 / 2011 Reply
    I'm surprised that AOL's browser is not included. In the early days of the web it must have had a significant market share.
  9. Jessica Wednesday - 30 / 03 / 2011 Reply
    Love the infographics here. Always a fun way to visualize all this complicated data and history that people are always talking about. I'm not sure the "market share" or popularity representation for IE & Firefox are accurate. On the W3C site, they show the market share for a few browsers on a month-by-month basis for the last decade and you can clearly see that Firefox has almost doubled IEs market share. Of course IE has dropped from a whopping 85%+/- to about 26% (as of Feb 2011). Either way, keep up with the infographics. Great job. :)
    • Mike Friday - 01 / 04 / 2011 Reply
      W3C site statistics are not representative of the general population. Their stats are mostly based on the more technical audience they have. I guess they put that note as a disclaimer somewhere around their stats.
  10. Xerxes Friday - 01 / 04 / 2011 Reply
    Where's Mosaic ?
  11. Torstein Krause Johansen Friday - 01 / 04 / 2011 Reply
    Thanks for an entertaining run through of the browser history! One comment, though: Opera had mouse gestures already back in the version 5 days :-)
  12. CsendesMark Thursday - 14 / 04 / 2011 Reply
    Opera does support mouse gestures before 7.10 (my first opera)
  13. Joriya Sunday - 17 / 04 / 2011 Reply
    hooray only fire fox 4.00
  14. Jason Wednesday - 27 / 04 / 2011 Reply
    i think Firefox 4 and IE 9 are rocking next 2 years.
  15. chuck Thursday - 28 / 04 / 2011 Reply
    I started with netscape,in fact still have my book on 2,finally capitulated and joined the crowd. Became lazy and went to help biil wealthy.

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