Becoming number one is easier than remaining number one. Such is the case with the technology vendors of today. It is hard to make a mark but it is even harder to continue the legacy and keep doing the good work. In the recent decades, we have seen many technological companies rise and fall. They enjoyed success because they brought in something innovative but they saw a death blow because they couldn’t keep up with the pace of advancement and competition.
Let’s review Top 5 Web Browsers that used to be great in their times but the golden age is gone now.
With the birth of internet came the Netscape Navigator. It was formally released in 1994 and it swept away the internet market. One of the few reasons was probably because it was one of the pioneers in the field of Internet Browsers and the other companies were not aware of the power of Web Browsers and how much business they could pull in.
Netscape Navigator was also the first one to make the content visible as soon as it was downloaded; the other early browsers would wait until the whole webpage has been downloaded and this made the browsing experience slow and mundane.
As soon as Microsoft saw the potential of Internet Browsers, it started working towards making a new one and the Internet Explorer could easily be declared responsible for the decline of Netscape Navigator.
Mosaic was introduced back in 1993. It is often said to be the first most popular Internet Browser. It made the internet far-famed. What made it contemporary from the other browsers of its time was the ability to show the images along with the other content of the webpage; other browsers lacked this quality. Mosaic developed a standard GUI which was later followed by all the leading Web Browsers of the future.
Following the release of Netscape Navigator, its popularity started to decline. In 1998, the Mosaic was finally discontinued as there was no place for it in the market.
Internet Explorer 6
Internet Explorer 6 used to be the most popular browser of its time. It was released in 2001. It once used to be around 80% of the market share but now it is just a mere 5.5%. It lost the game to Internet Explorer 7 initially and then to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
Internet Explorer 6 has been heavily criticized for its security shortcomings. Eventually, many companies stopped the support for it. Later YouTube, Google and Facebook stopped offering their Applications on the browser. There have been official campaigns to discourage the use of Internet Explorer 6. The scope of personalized browsing experience that was offered by the latest browsers made Internet Explorer 6 tedious and monotonous.
Opera Web Browser
Opera’s fate was not as bad as Mosaic’s. It was released in 1996 and since then it has been through a lot of tweaking. Many times it was praised for its innovative design and qualities and many other times, it was hailed with criticism over new features and policies. There have been twelve versions of Opera Browsers. Its version 7 was criticized for been too complicated for a layman. Opera Browser could be used without a hindrance by people who lack proper hearing and seeing abilities. It has an amazing ability to zoom in images and it could be completely handled with a sole keyboard.
Despite the work that has been put in to make it a success, Opera Browser did not do much good in the realm of Computers. It has 1.3% of the market share. However, it has enjoyed relative success in handheld devices.
AOL Explorer seemed to be a promising Web Browser but it simply couldn’t keep pace with the run of innovation. It had nice themes and screensavers but it was criticized for its security hauls. Released in 2005 for the consumers market, it made little impact and it eventually discontinued only after 10 months of the release in July 2006.