Browser Wars : How did it evolve? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Welcome back to our continuous edition of articles about Browser Wars. Ever wondered how did this term Browser Wars evolve? There are many browsers being used by users, but Why only few made it to top? Are they really fighting?

Here is how Browser Wars term came into existence. According to wiki,

A Browser War is a metaphorical term that refers to competitions for dominance in usage share in the web browser marketplace. The term is often used to denote two specific rivalries: the competition that saw Microsoft’s Internet Explorer replace Netscape’s Navigator as the dominant browser during the late 1990s and the erosion of Internet Explorer’s market share since 2003 by a collection of emerging browsers including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, and Opera.

Hmm. Is that clear guys? Well there is more to be known! Do you what was Browser Wars called before?

There are two ages of the Internet – before Mosaic, and after. The combination of Tim Berners-Lee’s Web protocols, which provided connectivity, and Marc Andreesen’s browser, which provided a great interface, proved explosive. In twenty-four months, the Web has gone from being unknown to absolutely ubiquitous

Yes, it was called as Mosaic Wars! By mid-1995 the World Wide Web had received a great deal of attention in popular culture and the mass media. Netscape Navigator was the most widely used web browser and Microsoft had licensed Mosaic to create Internet Explorer 1.0,which it had released as part of the Microsoft Windows 95 Plus! Pack in August.

It was in mid-1995, Browser Wars started! and hence after different browsers played their role in this Browser War. Below is an Infographic by ReviverSoft, which describes the history of usage of different browsers and also the Browser Market Share, which is shared by some of the Best Browsers.

Infographic [Click to enlarge]

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Well, got to know how Browser Wars started? War is on from decades and will never end. That’s how we, Normal users are getting to know different Browsers and choosing the Best Browser based on our needs. :D


Share your thoughts. Hit the comment box now. We are eager to know a lot from you. Thank you! :)

Vinay Gowda

Working in IT industry from past couple of years. Avid blogger, crazy about mobiles especially about Android powered devices! Tech is all you get out of me! Blogs at LetzWrite

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  • Nik Lemmens

    I remember using netscape in the mid nineties. No surprise IE had a big market share but it is since shrinking fast. At least we will see a level playing field. The geography however is a bit of a surprise.  Any ideas why?

    • Anonymous

      Hi Nik. Thanks for your valuable comment. Well I was in schools when Netscape was playing :)

      Yeah even i was surprised with Geography breakdown. May be the creators of Infographic used some old pic.

  • Barry Wheeler

    Wow.  I didn’t realize IE lost such a giant marketshare in the last 5 years.  I do hate how some of the new browsers look / feel when using them.  I’ve resisted upgrading for some time now.

  • Ganesh @ Axleration

    Looks like Chrome and Safari are the only browsers to see an increase in market share as of now…
    That is a win for simplicity and elegance !