On Microsoft Frontpage: a history not just of a product, but the early days of the web

Microsoft Front Page

I found this piece on Microsoft FrontPage fascinating.  I remember when it first came out: it was a great tool if you wanted to develop for the web. While serious people went with Adobe products, FrontPage made developing web page easier for the rest of us. If you want to learn about the early days of the Web, or if you want to see what well designed software looks like (even if it seems very clunky with that Windows XP interfact), I recommend you read it.

You can actually still download it, here. Now should you? No. Read the sections of the article subtitled “Bad” and “Ugly” to see why.

 

One response to “On Microsoft Frontpage: a history not just of a product, but the early days of the web

  1. Man, Frontpage…that brings up memories. I believe that I could use Frontpage with the first iteration of Sharepoint, too. However, I used it pretty heavily after I progressed past Netscape’s editor.