The Internet that people use today would not be possible without the help of British software engineer Timothy Berners-Lee. Berners-Lee introduced his text-based browser back in 1990 and the World Wide Web was born.
The first Web browser was called Mosaic back in 1992. According to the History Channel website, Mosaic led to the Web browser Netscape Navigator in 1994. Following Netscape Microsoft launched a Web browser called Internet Explorer that is still being used today.
The main Web browsers used today include Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome and Opera.
Google Chrome is the newest one and is maintained by Google along with other users since it is open source. Google built their own browser from scratch by using components from both Mozilla Firefox and from Internet Explorer and combining them into one. According to www.google.com/chrome/intl/en/why.html “Since we spend so much time online, we began seriously thinking about what kind of browser could exist if you started from scratch and built on the best elements out there.”
Mozilla Firefox started back in November 9,2004 with the release of version 1.0. After almost two more years version 2.0 was released according to www.mozilla.com/en-US/press/ataglance.html
The most important version thus far though is version 3.0 which broke the Guinness World Record for the largest number of software downloads in 24 hours. Since the software is open source many people are able to write their own codes for software that people can download like icons and wallpapers for their browser.
Safari web browsers are the main browsers used by Apple users on their Macs since Safari is part of the package.
Released back in June 2003, Safari has become the main web browser for all Apple computers and even for iPhones and iPod touch. Safari can even be used for windows computers as well.
The Opera Web Browser was another of the beginning Web browsers that fell at the waist side since most people never heard of the name or never used the browser before. Released back in April 1995 is brought a new era at how users looked at browsers.
Without Opera many other browsers would not be available as well because of the foundation that Opera provided.
The main web browser that everyone uses though is Internet Explorer by Microsoft. Since the release of Internet Explorer back in 1995 many people have used it and will use it since it is the only way to get updates for Window computers. Without Explorer many people would not have the critical updates that are needed to make sure the computer is secured. With the release of Explorer 7 many people can tab different websites meaning only having one window open but have a couple of websites open in just that window. With that being said many other companies are doing the same thing. Firefox was one of the first to come up with the idea and implement it as well.
With several browsers to choose from many people are overwhelmed at the idea of which one to choose. If people are not too picky at what browser to use just stick with what is installed on your computer such as Internet Explorer for Window computers or Safari for Apple computers. If users want a little more freedom, though, Firefox is the way to go.