Evolution of Web Technologies and the Future

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Developments in Browsers

Tim Berners-Lee takes credits for the development of first web browser the World Wide Web in 1990. Soon, there were many other browsers that followed and this began the internet revolution. By the year 1993 there were browsers that could bring home graphical content which, for the first time, made web pages available and useful to layman. The beginnings were dominated by a browser named Netscape, thanks to the pictures and content it could display on web pages. Microsoft entered the market during late 1990s by integrating its browser application with the Windows operating system. The name Internet Explorer took over the market and it continues to be a popular browser even today, about 30 years after its introduction. It is referred to as one of the oldest browsers which is still in use.

The beginning of 2000s and the later stages saw many developments in internet technology. By then websites found use in many areas of daily life. Information gained high-importance. The market today is dominated by new browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Opera. With advancement in the website design and development, introduction of search engine and the smart devices, web browsers of today are much more advanced with many new features and are designed to deliver a wide-variety of content.

Advancements in Web Server Technology

From the time when World Wide Web was created, there has been rapid transformation in the web server technology which has fueled the growth of internet. The combined developments in server technology (software side and hardware side), web browsers and website design and development have resulted in this phenomenal growth in information technology landscape. During the beginnings of internet era the speed at which requests for web pages were processed and retrieved and the hosting space offered for website content on the server were limited. With the growth of internet, website technology started to spread its roots into most of the business landscapes which created the need for higher processing speed and increased accessibility for large number of users. Thanks to the developments in technologies such as virtualization and advanced data management systems in recent times, today we are able to achieve phenomenal data handling capabilities and processing speeds.

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