Web Browser History – Then and Now

Are you one of them who have experienced firsthand the evolution of the web browser? During the early years, if anyone thought of surfing the web the name that instantaneously hits our minds was Internet Explorer. At that time it was good, now it’s extinct. It had fierce competition from two browsers: Mozilla Firefox and Chrome.
Browsing has changed from what it was previously and how it is right now is a drastically difference. Not many who are not aware of the history of browsers will realise that Internet Explorer was only instrumental in easing our desires for surfing the web. Yes it was good during those days – but it was rigid with no ways of blocking any pop-up ads. I remember when I used a pop-up blocker you would get something similar like this below:

I know how much hateful your thoughts would process by merely looking at this pop-up. Simply put, it would never work. Then came Mozilla, an honourable mention would also go to Chrome and I wonder how many of you have tried Neoplanet Browser? I remember very distinctly whenever the flash screen would go away and the browser would load completely there would be an audio confirmation, “Neoplanet Online.” I still remember the voice of the lady - it always reminded me of Majel Barrett – the well known computer voice from Star Trek.  One thing about this browser was that it felt very futuristic to use. It was one of the first browser for which you can use many skins for free. This was not possible with Internet Explorer.
The name NeoPlanet sounded quite odd for a browser, but it did not matter. When it came to popular browsers at that time - three browsers stood out: IE, Netscape and NeoPlanet.  Right now only two browsers seemed to have dominated the work and personal space – Mozilla Firefox and Chrome. Chrome gained a lot since it comes built in with Android OS.  IE at that time managed to grow exponentially due its bundled feature on Windows OS.
I have used Opera browser as well but there were compatibility issues at that time so it was difficult for it to break the mould. It is still around which shows it must have put up some fight to stay relevant!
As of last year, if you check the statistics Chrome has dominated the market with around 45% share, then comes Mozilla Firefox to around 15%. Safari from Apple Inc. at around 10% cannot be blamed since they’re restricted to the iOS machines only, and a measly 1% is dominated by Opera.
Let us hold on to our hopes for Windows recently and newly developed from scratch – Edge Browser. I have never tried it but would love to try it to share my thoughts on it.

Among all the browsers out there, Mozilla is something I would always prefer because of its tremendous ease of use and customisability. Chrome no doubt has its benefits but it is not something I prefer on a personal level. The browser war in on and as long as personal preferences exist they will continue to remain relevant.