Eighteen years already feel substantial in real life, but they are almost an eternity in the world of computing technology. It is time enough for companies to rise and fall, hardware and software to advance beyond imagination, and paradigms to shift.
But through it all, one browser has remained strong, even as its competitors have come and gone.
The team members of Microsoft Internet Explorer are once again putting their party hats on for an anniversary party — and an eighteenth one at that.
Microsoft’s flagship web browser first saw daylight for the first time 18 years ago today. Internet Explorer 1, the very first version of the browser was officially launched by Microsoft on August 16, 1995.
The premier version was based on the Spyglass Mosaic code developed by Spyglass Inc. This firm provided source code to several large companies that were trying to step into the browser game at that time. And believe you me, there were several ones at that time.
IE 1 was made available in Windows 95, and perhaps most remarkable is the fact that development was handled by a team comprising of only 6 people.
Now, however, Internet Explorer is one of the most popular browsers in the world. Statistics provided by market researchers around the globe reveal that Microsoft’s in-house browser is the choice of more than 50 percent of consumers worldwide.
Happy 18th birthday, Internet Explorer, here’s to the next 18!