Why Mozilla still exists as User Agent String in Microsoft Internet Explorer

As I’m doing research, I often find that in an attempt to answer one question, I come up with several more questions. Such is the case with my latest venture into Ajax.

So I read about the origin of the web browser, JavaScript, and the competition. Then I started to distinguish the difference between FireFox and Internet Explorer. However, one thing that threw me for a loop was the term “Mozilla.” Two competing web browsers, yet they have the same User Agent String (i.e., information about the web browser that is serving a web page to a user).

Well, a little research on Mozilla and I found my answer. Being a fan of useless knowledge, it’s very interesting to know that companies as large as Microsoft cloaked and spoofed their way into the web browsing market.

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