Summit2008/Sessions/Proposals/History & Future: Imagining the Web Browser of 2015

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Session Title

The History and Future of Web Browser UI


In this session we will discuss the events that led to the creation of the first Web browser, and its evolution over the last 28 years. This will be followed by exploring various potential directions Web browser UI might take in the future.



  • 18 years of Web browser UI
  • The complete UI evolution from Phoenix 0.1 to Firefox
  • Discussion of consistency vs. innovation and the theory of the Innovator's Dilemma

Future Directions

  • Navigation
  • Desktop Integration
  • Identity
  • The Semantic Web
  • The Read/Write Web

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Preparation Notes