These features include the following:
The first graphical Web browser was developed in 1993 by a group of students headed by Marc Andreessen at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). This browser was known as Mosaic and was distributed free. In 1994, Andreessen left NCSA to help found Netscape Communications, which developed the Netscape Navigator browser. The popularity of this browser helped foster the explosive growth of the Internet in the mid-1990s. Microsoft soon entered the arena with its Internet Explorer browser, which has become the most widely used browser on the market. Starting with Windows 95, Microsoft began closely integrating Internet Explorer into its Windows operating systems, with the result that users running Windows can access Internet resources as easily as files on their own hard drives.