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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.

Febuary 23, 1998

Netscape created the Mozilla Organisation as an open source developer that would provide a free version of its browser.

By February 1998, Netscape - which had 28 percent browser market share - had been vanquished by Microsoft - which had 69 percent market share - in the first browser war. In July 2003, the Mozilla Organization would morph into the Mozilla Foundation, a nonprofit.

In 2005, the for-profit Mozilla was created and would eventually deliver the popular Firefox browser.

May 18, 1998

The US Justice Department filed an antitrust case against Microsoft alleging that Microsoft abused monopoly power by bundling its Internet Explorer web browser into its Windows operating system.

Working for DoJ, attorney David Boies (shown here) won the trial, and the verdict was upheld on appeal. DoJ reached a settlement with Microsoft in 2001, requiring Microsoft to share its APIs with other companies. Microsoft is required to meet this obligation until November 2009.

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  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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