Netscape Navigator was the first commercially successful Web browser. It was based off the Mosaic browser and was created by a team led by Marc Andreessen, a programmer who co-wrote the code for Mosaic. Netscape Navigator helped influence the development of the Web into a graphical user experience rather than a purely text-based one.
In the 1990s, Netscape Navigator was on the leading edge of innovations in Web browsing. Among the many features that became standard after Navigator pioneered them are:
- Displaying a Web page as it loads
- Using cookies to keep session information
Despite its technical lead and its initial dominance of the consumer market, Netscape was eventually crushed by Microsoft during a period known as the browser wars.