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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.

January 14, 2008

For the first time, web browser attacks top the list of the Top 10 Cyber Security Menaces for 2008 compiled by SANS Institute.

The infosec research group says malicious code placed on popular, trusted websites is exploiting components of web browsers, such as Flash and QuickTime. These attacks are gaining in sophistication and becoming more common.

In December 2008, Microsoft would announce a 'huge increase' in Internet Explorer attacks, one of several times Microsoft must scramble to patch a browser vulnerability.

September 2, 2008

Google announced the beta release of its open source Chrome browser for Microsoft Windows systems.

Google offered a developer's version that supports Linux and Apple Macintosh systems in June 2009.

Now, Google is on Version 3 of Chrome, which aims at being speedier than competitors with a cleaner layout and design. So far, Google has attracted more press than users with Chrome. Currently, Chrome has 3.7 percent browser market share, according to Janco Associates.

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NEXT PAGE: Microsoft releases IE8

  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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