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The Web at 20: What’s in store over the next two decades?

This is as good a time as any to wish the Web a happy birthday. It’s been a bit more than 20 years since I first wrote about what I then referred to as the “World-Wide Web.” I might want to pat myself on the back for jumping on that subject pretty early, but I did spend a good chunk of that article touting something called WAIS before I ever got around to what I also styled as “the WEB.”

But next month marks the 20th anniversary of the Mosaic Web browser, which gets a lot of the credit for bringing us the Web most of us now know and use every day. And that was true even before Mosaic became, by way of Spyglass, the basis for Internet Explorer 1.0, in 1995.

Many changes have been wrought in the past two decades. And I think many more are in store.

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