|Initial release||November 27, 1995|
1.2 / November 25, 1998
Presented in 1994 with OS/2 Warp (v3), it was hailed as the best browser by Internet Magazine in their November issue and leveraged its position as the only native browser in OS/2 at that time. It was a "coming attraction" in The HTML Sourcebook: The Complete Guide to HTML. Almost immediately after the introduction of OS/2 Warp version 3, IBM dismantled the development team and that relegated the WebExplorer to the annals of history. OS/2 Warp 4 (1996) included it, but also included a link to download an OS/2 version of Netscape Navigator 2.02, which was late for shipping on CD. IBM had already planned the substitution of WebExplorer.
In 1995, it was added to AIX, IBM's proprietary UNIX platform.
A 1996 review in PC Mag found that WebExplorer "lack[ed] several standard features" and wasn't very strong in terms of multimedia support. The IBM browser shipping with the IBM Internet Connection suite, WebExplorer Mosaic, was based on the Spyglass Mosaic code base and was found by the reviewer to be "far superior" to the OS/2 version, which was developed solely by IBM.
|1.0||January 6, 1995||Customized Animations||OS/2 2.1, OS/2 Warp|
|1.01||April 5, 1995||OS/2 2.1, OS/2 Warp|
|1.02||June 28, 1995||Drag and Drop Support
Color Palette Management
|1.03||September 28, 1995||Newsgroup Manager
|1.1a||March 22, 1996||OS/2 Warp|
|1.1c||June 6, 1996||OS/2 Warp|
|1.1d||June 14, 1996||OS/2 Warp|
|1.1e||July 11, 1996||OS/2 Warp|
|1.1f||September 13, 1996||Option "No Proxy For"||OS/2 Warp|
|1.1g||November 7, 1996||OS/2 Warp|
|1.1h||December 11, 1996||OS/2 Warp|
|1.2||1996||OS/2 Warp Version 4|
There were severals builds released by IBM. IBM released some beta builds and also fixed many bugs in WebExplorer, one beta including support for Java.
Edited: 2021-06-18 12:39:36