Glorious Mosaic


This sharp Cincinnati Enquirer editorial marks the 10th anniversary of the release of Mosaic, the first widely used Web browser that helped make the World Wide Web a mass phenomenon.

About 10,000 people started using Mosaic in April 1993. Today, more than 67 percent of U.S. adults use browsers, as opposed to 9 percent in 1995. More than 580 million people worldwide have online access, a figure that could reach 1 billion by 2005. In June 1993, there were about 130 Web sites. In February 2003, there were more than 38 million.

"The most satisfying thing was just seeing how we assembled a couple of building blocks that people could then pick up and do things we never anticipated," Marc Andreessen, who led Mosaic's creation (and later founded Netscape), told Newsweek.