The War For Your Internet Browsing Activity – Cheddar Explains


The internet gave us a whole world of exciting new possibilities. So I guess, this is a story of how it changed our lives. In the mid-90s, people were just starting to use the Internet. Large corporations were focused on personal computing. To connect to the Internet, you had to buy a web browser separately. Today, the majority of people use Chrome. But it wasn’t always that way. And to get there, it was an all-out war. Netscape’s Navigator was an early pioneer in internet connectivity. In 1995, Netscape controlled 80 percent of the Browser market and looked poised to stay in control. On May 26, 1995, Bill Gates sent out a memo to Microsoft employees announcing that the Internet was their future, not personal computing. You can’t just keep doing the same old thing you were doing before. On August 9th, 1995, Netscape went public. Their stock started at 28 dollars a share and closed at 58 dollars a share. Making the company worth more than half a billion dollars. We were the fastest growing company in history. 15 days later, Microsoft released Windows 95 which had Internet Explorer as a default browser. And the browser wars had begun. Netscape started with an advantage in market share. In 1996, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 3.0, which caught up technologically to Navigator 3.0. By the end of 1997, Netscape had lost 88 million dollars. And in 1998, Internet Explorer passed Navigator as the most popular browser. Spinning out of more successful than I expected. In November 1998, Netscape was absorbed by AOL ending the first browser war. News of the war brought the Internet into the public eye and households around the world. Navigating the information superhighway. Today, we’ll show you the growing power of the Internet. [inaudible] to be on the Internet right now. Now, that I’ve gotten on the internet, I’d rather be on my computer to doing just about everything. With little competition, Microsoft reached 96 percent market share by 2002. Mired in an antitrust lawsuit, Microsoft sat back on their lead and offered very few upgrades to their software. Users became frustrated, opening the door to the upstart Mozilla Firefox in 2004. For the next six years, Firefox gathered a 30 percent market share, but the market had gained big players like Apple Safari and Google’s Chrome. Chrome focused on speed and their browser became the fastest in the market. Then they started to add apps and extensions, steadily gaining traction. From 2004 to 2014, Chrome took off and became the most used browser worldwide. In 2015, Microsoft retired Internet Explorer and released Microsoft Edge. Bold browser wars forced software designers to innovate and prove their systems, in turn, increasing Web surfing speed and ability for the public Even if Google Chrome itself isn’t used by everyone on the Web, as long as it makes the web better, we’ve achieved our goal. As of today, Google is still winning the war. They’re leading in market share extensions and improvements, but as we’ve learned there’s always someone waiting in the wings. So what do you think the next great browser innovation will be? What should it be? And how will it affect the world? Please subscribe and tell us on the comments section below.

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