What browser are you using right now? Do you know? Did you know you have a choice? With news that the European Commission is requiring Microsoft to display a prompt to allow people to decide what browser to use, it’s important to know what your choices are and what the difference are between them.
To better understand the difference, we need to talk a little about where these browsers came from.
A Little History
Back in 1991, a guy named Tim Berners-Lee created the first web browser called WorldWideWeb. Then in 1993, the NCSA created a browser called Mosaic. Marc Andreessen, who helped create the Mosaic browser, started a company called Netscape and created a browser based on Mosaic called Netscape Navigator.
In 1995, Microsoft licenced technology from the Mosaic browser and created its browser called Internet Explorer. By bundling the browser with Windows, Internet Explorer began gaining substantial market share.
In 1998, Netscape created the Mozilla Foundation which aimed to create a competing browser called Mozilla.
By 2002, Internet Explorer had a 95% market share. Around this time, the Mozilla Foundation launched an early release of the Firefox browser (at the time, it was called Phoenix).
In 2003, Apple released its own browser called Safari. In 2004, Mozilla launched Firefox 1.0 which was the first version aimed at the general public. In 2008, Google launched its browser called Chrome. (more…)