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Microsoft Website Nostalgia

Google Blogoscoped found a Microsoft retrospective, written in 2000, looking back at the first six years of I particularly liked this passage:

Six years may not sound like a lot of time, but in “Internet time” that’s almost half a lifetime. Internet time is sometimes likened to dog years - the first year is like 14, and every subsequent year is roughly equivalent to seven virtual years. By that reckoning, is pushing 50.

So by that reasoning, it’s 85 now?

Anyway, the first looks pretty cool for early web, with its starfield background behind the links. It’s actually better looking than the 1995 version. You can see how it evolved over the years, eventually dropping the idea of putting “Where do you want to go today?” in every page header, and how the 1998 website looks pretty good, even today.

March 9th, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General | no comments

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