A web browser is a software application for retrieving, presenting, and traversing information resources on the World Wide Web including Web pages, images, video and other files. In short it allows browsing the World Wide Web. A web browser acts as an interface between the user and a web server.
A web browser can also be defined as an application software or program designed to enable users to access, retrieve and view documents and other resources on the Internet. Although browsers are primarily intended to access WWW they can also be used to access information provided by Web servers in private networks or files in the files system. Web browsers are fully customizable. The primary purpose of a web browser is to bring information resources to the user.
The history of the Web browser dates back in to the late 1980s, when a variety of technologies laid the foundation for the first Web browser, WorldWideWeb, by Tim Berners-Lee in 1991.It was later named Nexus. After that several web browsers were developed. Today’s web browsers are faster and more feature-rich than ever before.
Popular Web Browsers
Usage Share of Web Browsers Feb-2012 (Source-W3schools.com)
There are a lot of browsers, the most important players are mentioned above. This article just gives a very brief history on the major web browsers.
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