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The death of Internet Explorer: Good riddance to bad rubbish

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Today, at long last, Microsoft is officially ending support for Internet Explorer. Goodbye and good riddance to the most annoying web browser of them all.

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Back in 1993 when I wrote the first story about this newfangled thing called the WEB, I knew it would be big. That’s more than Bill Gates thought about it at the time. At the 1994 Comdex, Gates said, “I see little commercial potential for the Internet for the next 10 years.”

Whoops.

Oh well, he got it right eventually. But neither he nor Microsoft was the first to release a web browser. Far from it!

The first popular graphical web browser came from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It was called Mosaic. It was created by Marc Andreessen and Eric Bina, but while it’s the one everyone remembers, it wasn’t the first graphical web browser. That honor goes to ViolaWWW, a Unix browser, while Cello was the first Windows graphical web browser.

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