Tuesday, 12 August 2014 06:05

Microsoft reproduces its first web page Featured


Twenty years on, Microsoft has rebuilt the first web page it put on the newfangled World Wide Web thingy.

The year is 1994. Paul Keating is Prime Minister and Bill Hayden is Governor-General. Forrest Gump is wowing them at the box office. Nelson Mandela becomes South African president. The Channel Tunnel links England and France. OJ Simpson does his freeway flee in his white Ford Bronco.

And tech giant Microsoft, a little late on the scene, builds its first web page. It was pretty basic by modern standards, but state of the art back then. It even offered a text only version for people whose Internet connections were not fast enough to support graphics (3.6 kbps was considered quick back then).

Now Microsoft has rebuilt it, just as it was back in 1994, when today’s teenagers weren’t even born. It has links to a dozen or more Microsoft products and services (those on the rebuilt site through to contemporary pages).

Mark Ingalls, was the first administrator of Microsoft.com. “There wasn’t much for authoring tools,” he says in a Microsoft blog describing the site. “There was this thing called HTML that almost nobody knew.” Information that was submitted for the new Microsoft.com website often came to Ingalls via floppy disks.

“For a while, we ran the site like a newspaper, where we published content twice a day. And if you missed the cut-off for the publishing deadline, you didn’t get it published until the next running of the presses, or however you want to term it.”

Check it out at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/discover/1994/

Subscribe to ITWIRE UPDATE Newsletter here


The much awaited iTWire Shop is now open to our readers.

Visit the iTWire Shop, a leading destination for stylish accessories, gear & gadgets, lifestyle products and everyday portable office essentials, drones, zoom lenses for smartphones, software and online training.

PLUS Big Brands include: Apple, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, Sennheiser and many more.

Products available for any country.

We hope you enjoy and find value in the much anticipated iTWire Shop.



iTWire TV offers a unique value to the Tech Sector by providing a range of video interviews, news, views and reviews, and also provides the opportunity for vendors to promote your company and your marketing messages.

We work with you to develop the message and conduct the interview or product review in a safe and collaborative way. Unlike other Tech YouTube channels, we create a story around your message and post that on the homepage of ITWire, linking to your message.

In addition, your interview post message can be displayed in up to 7 different post displays on our the iTWire.com site to drive traffic and readers to your video content and downloads. This can be a significant Lead Generation opportunity for your business.

We also provide 3 videos in one recording/sitting if you require so that you have a series of videos to promote to your customers. Your sales team can add your emails to sales collateral and to the footer of their sales and marketing emails.

See the latest in Tech News, Views, Interviews, Reviews, Product Promos and Events. Plus funny videos from our readers and customers.


Graeme Philipson

Graeme Philipson sadly passed away in Jan 2021 and a much valued senior associate editor at iTWire. He was one of Australia’s longest serving and most experienced IT journalists. He is the author of the only definitive history of the Australian IT industry, ‘A Vision Splendid: The History of Australian Computing.’He was in the high tech industry for more than 30 years, most of that time as a market researcher, analyst and journalist. He was founding editor of MIS magazine, and is a former editor of Computerworld Australia. He was a research director for Gartner Asia Pacific and research manager for the Yankee Group Australia. He was a long time weekly IT columnist in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a recipient of the Kester Award for lifetime achievement in IT journalism. Graeme will be sadly missed by the iTWire Family, Readers, Customers and PR firms.

Share News tips for the iTWire Journalists? Your tip will be anonymous




Guest Opinion

Guest Interviews

Guest Reviews

Guest Research

Guest Research & Case Studies

Channel News