Evolution Of Web Browsers Right Into 21st Century
Things changed rapidly when going into next century. New browsers with added features were available in the market to make your web browsing entertaining.
Amaya – Released first in 1996
Amaya created in 1996 by W3C was more the web editor than web browser. The creation of this browser was with a goal to create testbed that stick to more standards. The development of Amaya is still on, but its use is as a testbed for new technologies.
Oracle PowerBrowser – Released first in 1996
A built-in personal web server, Internet search features, supports tables and images, built in basic Java along with basic scripting capabilities and supports third party applications like Network Loadable Objects (NLO) are all available in a single package of Oracle PowerBrowser. Initially available for windows but later was made to support Macs and UNIX.
Mozilla / Seamonkey – Released first in 1998
Mozilla are the developers of Firefox browser but before Firefox, Mozilla Application Suite was developed which is now known as Seamonkey. It contained a web browser, a web page developer, app for Mail and Newsgroup and an IRC client. Mozilla introduced extensions which have played important role in Firefox’s popularity.
Konquerer – Released first in 1996
K-Meleon – Released first in 2000
On using K-Meleon, you may find it similar to Firefox as both the browsers are using Gecko rendering engine.The difference between the two is K-Meleon being much light-weight. Used for ultra lean design that has lighter resources. The users are allowed to change skin and themes with K-Meleon. It supports mouse gestures, pop-up blocking and tabbed browsing. This browser is only for Windows.
Galeon – Released first in 2001
Galeon is based on Gecko layout engines similar to K-Meleon. The goal of Galeon is to provide efficient and light weight browser. There was a fierce debate for Galeon to be simple or advanced with functionality and options. This very thing leads to undoing of original development team of Galeon.
Safari – First released in 2003
Safari web browser was developed by Apple in the year 2003, but it was in 2007 its version Safari 3 became compatible with Window. Safari 3 had ability for resizing text boxes inserted in web pages with quick rendering and good standards compliance.