Not so long ago, in a place not so far, the internet had just started evolving and there were a need of web browsers to access it. Mosaic was one of the first ones to take a lead in this race because it was also the first browser to display images inline with text instead of displaying images in a separate window, yeah ! pretty cool for that time. During that time a bunch of guys wanted to create a online gaming network for Nintendo, so they hired some guys from Mosaic but ended up delaying the project. Being optimistic they decide to use their resources in the right directions and started building the best web browser. They named their company Mosiac Communication and their first product was launched in 94 by the name of Mosaic Netscape. They had some balls for poaching employees from NCSA Mosaic and then naming their company and the product after it. But soon they had some copyright issues and they started calling it Netscape Navigator, but kept on calling their internally browser as Mozilla — Mosiac Killer !
The browser war lasted for a long time between Netscape Navigator(NN) and Internet Explorer(IE). In 97 after release of IE 4 and having an all night party in San Francisco, the Microsoft guys erected a ten-foot-tall letter “e” logo on Netscape’s front lawn, with a sign attached that read “From the IE team … We Love You”. The next morning when every one at Netscape arrived to the office, they saw this giant logo and without thinking twice they knocked it over and put up a giant figure of their Mozilla dinosaur mascot atop it, holding a sign reading “Netscape 72, Microsoft 18” representing the market distribution at that time. Things started going down hill for Netscape since then as their only source of income was through the browser which Microsoft started shipping IE for free. Also Microsoft Windows had over 90% share of the desktop operating system market. Internet Explorer was bundled with every copy of Windows, therefore Microsoft was able to dominate the market share easily as customers had it as the default browser. Netscape could not keep up with this and finally sold itself and IE ruled the internet with 96% of web browser usage share.
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