New Delhi (EMS). Google, which was started twenty-five years ago, has now become synonymous with search engines. Let us tell you that Google was started in 1998, when there was competition with names like Yahoo, Ask Jeeves and AltaVista. Meanwhile, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet and Google, said that the next 25 years are important for Google.
According to him, with artificial intelligence (AI) the company has the opportunity to do things that matter on a larger scale. As Google looks ahead, the Indian-origin tech is mirroring the commitment laid out in the original founder’s letter in 2004. It involves developing services that improve the lives of as many people as possible – doing things that matter. According to Pichai, we are just beginning to see what the next wave of technology is capable of and how quickly it can improve. Today, one million people are using generative AI in Google Workspace to write and create. The flood forecast now covers places where more than 460 million (46 crore) people live.
According to search engine Google, most of its revenue came from selling advertising space, after which the company’s sales declined as its audience moved to other platforms. When the Internet was used primarily by academies and governments, Mosaic Communications Corporation launched Netscape Navigator, which became one of the first graphical web browsers, in 1994. However, Microsoft soon launched rival Internet Explorer, leading to a tussle for control of the browser market. Mosaic partnered with American web portal Excite to power its search engine. Netscape was acquired by America Online (AOL) in 1998.
At that time, Microsoft and Yahoo announced a decade-long deal that replaced the Yahoo search engine with Bing. In 2023, Bing was revamped to include a new chatbot feature based on OpenAI’s Chat GPT-4, which helped it reach 100 million active users in March. After its launch in 1995, UltraVista was one of the first search engines to index large amounts of websites. This search engine was popular because it indexed approximately 20 million webpages, beating its competitors and had fast computers that could return results quickly.
The software was created by computer scientists in the research lab of Digital Equipment Corporation. In 2001, the number of searches on Google overtook Ultra Vista, which was one of the top web destinations at that time. After more than a decade, Yahoo shut down the search engine along with several products in 2013. WebCrawler was reportedly the first search engine to allow users to search text on any webpage, a method that became common for major search engines. In 1996 this search engine was the second most visited website on the Internet. But the webcrawler was sold less than two years later in 1997 to Excite, which ultimately went bankrupt.
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