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The Future of the Internet - 20 Years Ago

ComputerWorldUK - Glyn Moody - Netscape Navigator was released 20 years ago today. Thank you to everyone who supported us at Netscape & built the Web with us then and now!

That was posted by a certain Marc Andreessen. You probably know him as a successful venture capitalist, but before that, he was one of the people who helped popularise the Web. He did that by creating the Mosaic browser back in 1993 - first for Unix, and later for the Apple Macintosh and Windows (version 3.1). Mosaic was written at the University of Illinois, and was freely available for non-commercial use. But once the appeal of a graphical Web browser became evident, it was natural for people to start to think about turning it into a business.

The company that resulted was Mosaic Communications, and was set up by the entrepreneur Jim Clark, the founder of Silicon Graphics, along with Marc Andreessen. The University of Illinois wasn't too happy about the company using Mosaic in its name, and so it adopted that of its first product, Netscape. Netscape's August 1995 IPO – the most successful in history at that point - saw the 18-month old startup valued at $3 billion, paving the way for the new generation of rich and hugely powerful Internet startups we know today.