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Events from History: 22 April 1993

The Dawn of the Web: Mosaic Version 1.0 Unleashed

On April 22, 1993, the digital world was forever changed with the release of Mosaic version 1.0, the first widely available web browser to allow users to easily and efficiently navigate the World Wide Web. Developed by a team at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Mosaic represented a monumental leap forward in the accessibility of the Internet to the general public. Unlike its predecessors, Mosaic offered a user-friendly graphical interface that supported images embedded in text. This feature transformed the web from a predominantly text-based environment into a rich, visually engaging medium. This innovation laid the groundwork for the explosive growth of the Internet and the onset of the digital age.

The impact of Mosaic was immediate and profound. By democratising access to the web, it expanded the Internet’s user base and sparked the development of new web technologies and the commercialisation of the web. Companies quickly realised the web’s potential as a business platform, leading to the dot-com boom of the late 1990s. Furthermore, Mosaic’s influence extended beyond its lifespan; many of its original developers went on to create the Netscape Navigator browser, which would dominate the web browser market in the early days of the Internet. Mosaic version 1.0’s release was a pivotal moment in technology history, marking the beginning of the global information era and forever changing how people communicate, work, and access information.

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