Netscape Navigator was the dominant web browser in the 1990s, before Microsoft opted to join the party

Netscape Navigator was the dominant web browser of the 1990s as the Internet emerged from academic roots to become an indispensable business tool.

But success bred competition from the likes of Microsoft, which initially had been reluctant to embrace the Web.

Redmond ruthlessly saw an opportunity and bundled its own browser, Internet Explorer, free of charge with the Windows 95 operating system, in a move that eventually proved to be the undoing of Netscape.

Netscape came about when two men, Silicon Graphics founder Jim Clark and university graduate Marc Andreessen teamed up and decided to create Mosaic Communications in mid 1994.

What started off as a university software project was soon launched to the general public as a fully fledged web browser.

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