B is for browser: An homage to 12 Web greats

In honor of Mosaic's 20th birthday, join us for an alphabetical appreciation of 12 of history's great windows on the Web.
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20+ years of standout Web browsers

Gather round! We're here today to celebrate Mosaic's 20th birthday. You all know Mosaic, the first Web browser that included graphics in the same window as the text. It's quite the veteran now, but it was revolutionary in its time.

Of course, it wasn't the first Web browser, and certainly is not the last, but it's related to many of them. So while we're at it, let's celebrate Mosaic's forebears, kids and cousins as we tour the Web from the old days to the present.

Just for fun, we're going to introduce each browser with a little rhyme. Is everyone sitting comfortably? Then let's begin!

Matt Lake wrote this article in Google Docs using three different Web browsers. He'd have used four, but Netscape Navigator kept freezing.

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