The History of Web Browsers (Picture)

By | March 29, 2011 | 64 Comments

From the dark ages to this day.

The History of Web Browsers (Picture)

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  • Armin

    This diagram helps me visualize how old Opera really is. It’s even older than Internet Explorer! It has seen little growth in terms of market share, however, despite being the oldest amongst the top browsers. The evolution of the icons is pretty cool by the way.


      for example Opera had gestures already in:
      Apr. 10, 2001: 5.10 final
      GET THE FACTS!!!

      • Grrblt

        What exactly do you think is bollocks?


          can you READ???

          • Grrblt

            Yes, I can read. Can you? Armin said nothing about mouse gestures, so again, what about his post is bollocks?

      • Armin

        I understand now. You responded to my post even though it has nothing to do with your complaint, this having likely been done by accident. I was confused at first.


          it does! you’ve attacked Opera browser…

          • Ben

            Where does he attack the Opera browser?

          • Bigloop335

            Everyone needs to settle down a little bit

          • Bigloop335

            Everyone needs to settle down a little bit

        • ChromeFirefoxOpera

          Hey was referring to the image diagram. At the very end of the diagram below the 11 under opera logo it states “Mouse Gestures”, meaning the visual mouse gestures in opera 11 release. He has posted link to opera release sheet which does state Mouse gestures (not the visual sort) were in Opera 5 release. Different types of mouse gestures, but Im thinking he just wanted to give out – angry folks these opera heads, evidently.

          • sar3th

            sorry but visual mouse gestures are the same as the normal mouse gestures, except that they added a visual indicator, hence the name ;)
            i’m not angry or anything but please if you talk about something, make sure you know what you are talking about ;)

          • ChromeFirefoxOpera

            You obviously havent used the new visual ones that opera had in their release notes for 11. You have to stare at a bookmark or browser menu option and concentrate really hard on visualising the screen/page you want to see for 2 seconds and then move your eyes to the right in a swiping motion.

          • DKATyler

            Yeah I came ’round

          • DKATyler

            (Fail post above)
            Yeah I came ’round because my favorite browser (Opera) has had tabs, mouse gestures since Y2K. My old Opera 7 I turned off popups without the fancy popup blockers other people started to use and with spybot turned off the ads inside Opera as well.

            It’s showing it’s age now, my attempts at installing opera 9 & 10 were a bust :(.

    • Henen

      one is thing, opera never change

      • marines

        best browser shouldn’t change ;)

  • web

    not too good, its better the one on wikipedia

  • Blorch Headblownov

    Where’s Spyglass and Mosaic? What about lynx?

    Maybe they should have titled it “Web Browsers that 18 year olds can remember” instead.

    • Dfsadfs

      Lynx was my favorite browser for a long time when i had just a modem.

      • harcalion

        I used Lynx at college in VT-100 terminals, but never ever was my favourite.

    • Grrblt

      They’re there, but their user base equivalent is less than 1 pixel :)

  • Jay

    How accurate is this?
    Is there a source for number of users/browser?
    I was under the impression that Firefox had a majority of the market with Chrome coming in second and IE near last.

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  • Stephen McDonald

    The last two years show significant Chrome take up but no drop in either IE or Firefox.
    Is that correct?

    • Sarjoor

      Yeah. I think IE and Firefox should be showing a more significant decrease for 2009-2010 due to Chrome.

  • Daniel (SDiZ) Cheng

    Safari come from KHTML root.

    • COlden

      Chrome and Safari both build on WebKit.

      • narthollis

        Yes, and WebKit is based on KHTML.

        Safari even tried using it AS KHTML for a while before they all decided it was too hard and just forked the project instead – leaving us with KHTML and WebKit

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  • Abdulmalik Aldharrab

    Browsers from the dark ages to this day :)

  • Gavin Lock

    That’s an extremely neat visualisation. I’d like to see it broken down so that each new version got a branch as it grew (though this would quickly clutter the screen). It’d just show adoption of new versions and also how much of the IE9 share is legacy IE6 machines.

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  • Henen

    one is thing, opera never change

  • Pseudonym

    one is thing, opera never change

  • SDSF

    WYKOP KURWA !!!!

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  • Mark Gillespie

    I don’t care about marketshare, that’s a measure of human-sheeplike behavior. I choose my browser on quality, performance, stability, security and features.

    That’s why I don’t follow the crowd sheep-like into whatever browser has the biggest marketing budget, I use Opera 11.

    • Fakeguy Madeupname

      Oh yeah? Well, Opera got too mainstream for me so I had to write my own browser because I don’t want to be like the rest of the sheep on the interwebs.

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  • s427

    Nice picture, but the JPG compression really ruins it. Don’t you want to post it in PNG instead? (Might be heavier, but maybe not that much since much of the picture is flat colors.)

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  • Louis Duquet

    i wish Netscape would still be alive. i loved it so much back then.

  • Louis Duquet

    i wish Netscape would still be alive. i loved it so much back then.

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  • the Goat

    Where is NCSA Mosaic?

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  • Joe Tiber

    Sorry but before Netscape I used Mosaic in 1993…

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