The Killer Browser

from the all-this-in-only-10-years dept

Newsweek is running their article about what’s happened in the ten years since Marc Andreessen released Mosaic, the first “major” web browser. When you stop and think about it, it is fairly astounding how quickly the web has spread, and how reliant so many of us are on a technology that barely existed a decade ago. As for the nostalgia stuff: I downloaded Mosaic in 1994 (at the urging of a friend who was a student at UIUC where Andreessen wrote Mosaic). At the time, I thought it was neat, but did not realize the significance (did anyone?). Honestly, at the time, I thought it was just a much nicer way to do stuff I’d been doing over gopher, and figured that two or three years later something new would come along that would replace the web the same way the web appeared to be replacing gopher. Update: As expected, there are more stories on this topic… weighs in with their version.

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Chris (user link) says:

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I sort of saw it coming. I downloaded Mosaic in late 1995, and I launched the first version of ODonnellWeb on 12/31/95. I understood that every company would have a web site soon, and I was in the web development industry by March of 1996. Of course, I also remember not buying AOL at $2 a share in 1996 because I thought the traditional telcos would own the access business. They might ultimately, but I definately should have bought in 96!

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