Netscape Navigator was released twenty years ago




Netscape Navigator is twenty years old. The web browser from the company Netscape Communications Corporation has long been the dominant browser but had after the ‘browser war’ finally acknowledge the superiority of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

The code of Netscape Navigator versions is based on Mosaic, which is seen as the “mother of all browsers. The developers, who have released it as the first versions Mosaic Navigator, built a browser at that time was relatively user-friendly. Moreover, Netscape Navigator could be used free for non-commercial purposes and it was available. On various operating systems

For the processing of HTML documents was Netscape Gecko engine built. The company has developed numerous technologies that have evolved into commonplace in the browser world, such as the implementation of cookies, JavaScript and frames.

The estimation of developers like Marc Andreessen that browsers would constitute one of the most important parts of future operating systems proved to be correct: Netscape Navigator, later succeeded by Netscape Communicator as extras, an HTML editor, and an e-mail and usenet client grew quickly became the most widely used web browser.

The rapid growth of Netscape did not go unnoticed by Microsoft. The company launched Internet Explorer on the market and bundled it with Windows. Thus the browser war was born. With the release of IE 5.0 Microsoft managed to break through. The dominant position of Netscape Microsoft was years later fined because it had committed illegal practices and abuse of dominant position. Guilty during the browser war

In the late nineties Netscape lost the browser war. The company decided to make, and the Mozilla project years later include Firefox developed on the basis of the code and the Gecko engine code. Opensource In 1999 Internet giant AOL Netscape, bought after a few versions of the browser were released. The power of IE had grown too large and eventually the support stopped by AOL on March 1, 2008.


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