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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.

November 24, 1998

AOL announced plans to buy Netscape for $4.2bn. The deal was a stock-for-stock transaction that ended up being worth more than $10bn when it closed in March 1999.

The merger required approval by the US Department of Justice on antitrust grounds. AOL was not successful at helping Netscape regain market share for Navigator . In December 2007, AOL announced that it would no longer support Netscape web browsers.

January 7, 2003

Apple released a beta version of Safari, which would become its standard web browser built into the Mac operating system later that year.
In June 2007, Apple released a version of Safari for Windows XP and Vista systems. Safari also is the browser used in Apple's iPhone.

In June 2009, Apple released Safari 4 featuring speedier performance, enhanced integration with Windows and an at-a-glance view of a user's favourite websites.

More than 11 million copies of Safari 4 were downloaded in the first three days of availability, Apple said. A niche player, Safari has less than 1 percent market share, Janco Associates says.

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NEXT PAGE: Firefox is released

  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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