Before browsers, software was distributed as binary code on physical media. Coding and distribution was difficult and expensive, typically done by big companies on the US west coast. The browser started out as a document viewer, but quickly evolved into a platform for running applications. This technical ship resulted in a democratization and decentralization of software developments. Implication can be seen in many places, probably also in your neighborhood. This talk will examine some of the key moments in the web software platform.