|Developer(s)||Kim Nyberg, Teemu Rantanen, Kati Suominen, Kari Sydänmaanlakka|
|Initial release||0.1 / 15 April 1992|
0.1 / 25 April 1994
|Platform||Unix (Sun-4, NeXT/CubX, DEC Ultrix) using Motif|
Released in April 1992, the browser was written for Unix computers running X and used the W3 common access library. Erwise was the combined master's project of four Finnish students at the Helsinki University of Technology (now merged into Aalto University): Kim Nyberg, Teemu Rantanen, Kati Suominen and Kari Sydänmaanlakka. The group decided to make a web browser at the suggestion of Robert Cailliau, who was visiting the university, and were supervised by Ari Lemmke.
The development of Erwise halted after the students graduated and went on to other projects. Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, travelled to Finland to encourage the group to continue with the project. However, none of the project members could afford to continue with the project without proper funding.