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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.

March 19, 2009

Responding to innovations in Firefox, Safari, Opera and Chrome, Microsoft released Version 8 of Internet Explorer.

Microsoft said it was the company's fastest, most stable and secure web browser. One innovation is web slices, which notify users when a favourite site is updated.

Another improvement makes it easier for users to refer to multiple tabs. IE also offers InPrivate browsing, which has the nickname 'porn mode'. Microsoft was prompted to improve its web browser by shrinking market share, which is down to 68 percent, according to Janco Associates.

June 30, 2009

Mozilla released the latest version of Firefox, which offers several performance enhancements, particularly for web developers.

Though not the fastest browser, Firefox 3.5 is more competitive against Chrome and Safari in this area. Firefox 3.5 features location-aware browsing so it's easier for users to find nearby retailers or restaurants. This version also supports private browsing, which was already available in Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer.

Mozilla says more than 300 million people around the world use Firefox.

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NEXT PAGE: Netscape founder backs new browser

  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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