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Timeline: 15 years of the web browser

Important points in the history of the web browser

Here is a look back at the 15 years of wars, lawsuits, and standards the web browser has brought us.

August 24, 1995

Microsoft muscles into the browser market. Microsoft released Internet Explorer 1.0 in its Windows 95 Plus! Pack.

Internet Explorer was built upon software licensed from Spyglass, an offshoot of NCSA that owned the technology behind the Mosaic browser.

Microsoft bundled Internet Explorer into its operating system and provided it free of charge.

Microsoft's approach was smart; two years later Microsoft had replaced Netscape as the leading browser provider, with 49 percent of the market compared with 46 percent for Netscape, according to Janco Associates.

January 1, 1997

Based in Norway, Opera Software released its first web browser for Windows, dubbed Opera 2.1.

Opera has been a minor player in the web browser market since then; it currently has 1.1 percent of the market, according to Janco Associates. Version 10 was released on September 1, 2009.

Opera Software claims 40 million users on Windows, Mac and Linux machines. Its mobile version - Opera Mini - claims 30 million users, including many BlackBerry users.

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NEXT PAGE: Mozilla's creation

  1. We chart some of the most important points in the history of the web browser
  2. Microsoft muscles in
  3. Mozilla's creation
  4. AOL buys Netscape
  5. Firefox is released
  6. Web browsers top internet vulnerability list
  7. Microsoft releases IE8
  8. Netscape founder backs new browser

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