In Pictures: B is for browser - a homage to 12 Web greats

In honor of Mosaic's 20th birthday, join us for an alphabetical appreciation of 12 of history's great windows on the Web.

C is for Cello, with professional appeal It brought the Web to Windows; the lawyers made it real

It wasn't until 1993 that the Web broke out of academic circles. The dominant computing platform was Windows, but Web browsing at the time was all about the X Window and NeXT platforms found mostly at universities and research facilities.

Enter the first Web browser for Windows: Cello, so named because it was intended to be bigger than Viola. It was developed at Cornell's Legal Information Institute as a way for lawyers, who all used Windows PCs, to navigate the huge volumes of legal information available online. (1994's v. 1.01 is shown here.)

Cello had only a short time to shine before other browsers overshadowed it. But it did stake its claim in business and consumer computing, a territory that the Web was manifestly destined to conquer.

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