Happy birthday, World Wide Web!

Tristan Nitot

Screenshot of the first WWW browser

On August 6th 1991, 22 years ago today, the Web was born. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, its inventor, described it on the alt.hypertext newsgroup like this:

The WWW project merges the techniques of information retrieval and hypertext to make an easy but powerful global information system.

The first Web page is still on-line today: http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html.

In 22 years, the Web and the Internet have changed the world more that we can say. Tim Berners-Lee probably did not know at the time how right he would be when he said he wanted to build a “powerful global information system”. Powerful indeed!

By happy coincidence, Firefox 23 for Windows, Mac et Linux was released today, as Mozilla continues to help the Web to grow in terms of ease of use, security and speed while also bringing more features, like sharing content with friends and family. This new version of Firefox also features a new logo!

In 22 years, the devices that we use to access the Web have evolved significantly, from desktop computers to laptops and now smartphones. This is why there is also a new version of Firefox for Android.

Here at Mozilla, we’re wishing a happy birthday to the Web along with a bright future full of opportunities. No doubt that the HTML5-powered Firefox OS phones will be part of it!