PCGH Retro: Windows without Internet Explorer - Firefox cracks 10 million
Once again PCGH takes a look at the short but eventful history of the computer. Today: What happened on December 11?
Initially Windows 95 was distributed without the Internet Explorer. Two years later the web browser was said to be an integral part of the OS - a statement later proved to be incorrect.
...1997: Microsoft utilizes the position as market lead in operating systems to squeeze competitor Netscape out of the web browser market - that is the accusation in the ongoing anti-trust lawsuit. On this December 11 judge Jack Thompson enacts that Microsoft has to offer a version of Windows 95 without the Internet Explorer. The company protests: It would be impossible to remove the IE from the system; Windows wouldn't boot anymore if this essential part would be removed explained Microsoft's Vice President Brad Chase to the court. That this was incorrect was proved only a short time later when programs surfaced on the web that removed the browser residue-free.
...2000: Sis announces the motherboard chipsets 635 (Intel) and 735 (AMD) as well as the graphics chip 315. The latter one has a T&L unit and DDR RAM, but stands without a chance against the competitors Ati and Nvidia.
Parhelia: Two DVI ports weren't obligatory back then.
Quelle: PC Games Hardware
...2004: Matrox introduces the Parhelia graphics card in a PCI-Express version called Parhelia APVe with two DVI ports to the market. This device is not aimed at the gaming market anymore.
...2004: Firefox, the web browser of the Mozilla Foundation, exceeds 10 million downloads. Only one year later it will reach 100 million.