What is a Web Browser?

What is a browser? A browser can be simply called software which we can use to access and visit web pages. Various functions can be performed on browsers nowadays, such as visiting a simple website, login interface usage, viewing multimedia, surf from one website to the othes, sending and receiving emails and much more.

In technical terms, it is an application or a user interface which decrypts the coding on a specific URL (Uniform Resource Locator) and shows it in a readable or viewable format.

The first web browser debuted in 1991 by Tim Berners Lee and it was named as WorldWideWeb but the first most commonly known and famous browser was Mosiac which was launched in 1993 and was one of the first graphical browsers. The journey of the famous browsers till now is as under, given with the launch dates of their respective first editions:

  • WorldWideWeb, February 26, 1991
  • Mosaic, April 22, 1993 
  • Netscape Navigator and Netscape Communicator, October 13, 1994 
  • Internet Explorer, August 16, 1995
  • Opera, 1996, see History of the Opera web browser
  • Mozilla Navigator, June 5, 2002[18]
  • Safari, January 7, 2003
  • Mozilla Firefox, November 9, 2004
  • Google Chrome, September 2, 2008 
What does a web browser do? 

The web browser works in a way similar to a person who is serving in a restaurant. A user would order a website in the form of a URL, to be displayed and then the browser would use that URL to fetch the code and other data from the specified web server, interpret and convert the code and then displays it as a website to the user.

The URL is a simple name of a website e.g. xyz.com and once the user types it in the address bar of the browser, it with the help of DHCP locates the web server associated with that specific URL and fetches all of the informational data and presents it in a form of a webpage or a multimedia file.

These days, because of the increasing trend of accessing internet from cell phones and increased penetration of smart phones, the browsers are matching the trend and are developing mobile versions. Most popular browsers in the current times, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari are the perfect examples of best mobile browsers which offer seamless user experience, responsive display, secure environment and a robust engine which is equivalent to fully featured browsers developed for computers.

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