Browser that launched an industry turns 15

Tiny software app sparks wars, lawsuits and more
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The Web browser turns 15 on Oct. 13, 2009 – a key milestone in the history of the Internet. That's when the first commercial Web browser — eventually called Netscape Navigator — was released as beta code. While researchers including World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee and a team at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications created Unix browsers between 1991 and 1994, Netscape Navigator made this small piece of desktop software a household name. By allowing average users to view text and images posted on Web sites, Netscape Navigator helped launch the Internet era along with multiple browser wars, government-led lawsuits and many software innovations. Here are 15 highlights in the history of the Web browser

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