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It Started With Mosaic

Mosaic was introduced in 1993 and ushered in the age of the World Wide Web. Soon after Mosaic came Netscape’s Navigator. Then in 1995, Microsoft introduced their web browser called Internet Explorer and the war was on between Netscape and Microsoft. There was a big advantage for Microsoft because they bundled Internet Explorer with it’s popular Windows operating system.

By 2002 Microsoft’s Internet Explorer had over 90% of the web browser market. In the late 1990s Netscape launched what would become Mozilla Foundation to develop an open source web browser which evolved into Firefox.

In 2003 Apple poked its’ head in the race with their web browser named Safari. Although popular on Apple devices, Safari never caught on with the PC crowd.

Google jumped into the web browser market in 2008 with Chrome. By 2012 Chrome had absorbed market share from the competitors and was the dominant web browser in the market.

Here’s a look at web browser market share as of January 2018 for desktop users.
The Evolution of Web Browsers

When web browsers were in their infancy, almost all connections to the world wide web were through dial-up modems. Many of the technologies we take for granted today were just not possible with the slow transfer speeds of the dial-up modem days. Things like game playing, streaming services, YouTube videos and other data-intensive activities were not available. I can remember connecting with a 300 baud modem and waiting hours for a file to download. Today that same size file downloads in the blink of an eye.

As connection and data transfer speeds increase, web browser technology will continue to keep pace and bring us more capabilities than we ever dreamed of.

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  1. Team218

    Update: September 14, 2019

    Google remains the king of web browsers with 71.15% of the Desktop Web Browser market share. Firefox comes in at 9.52% and Safari holding down 3rd place with 5.8%. Microsoft holds 4th with Edge at 4.71% and 5th with IE at 4.4%.

    The statistics are a bit different if you look at Browser Market Share for mobile devices. Google still reigns supreme but not quite as high as Desktop. With 60.86% Google is first, followed by Safari at 20.25%. Samsung is in third place with 6.77%.

    We’ll continue to monitor browser market share provide periodic updates right here.

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    • Team218

      We have Chrome, Firefox and Safari installed on our iPhones. Chrome is our default mobile browser. Safari and Firefox see some activity but mostly for testing purposes.

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