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The servers started delivering content on Windows NT 3.1 using the European Microsoft Windows Academic Consortium (EMWAC) WWW server software.
Around this mid-1995 timeframe, the microsoft.com Web servers were migrated to a pre-release version of Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) because the EMWACS servers were straining to keep up with the burgeoning server loads.
Found these tidbits here. [microsoft.com]
Can't quite gauge whether EMWACS was IIS, but it's at least relevant to the discussion...
BTW, what job was he interviewing for??
The job was an intranet developer for a telecoms co.
I agree the question was a little unfair, but it was intended to see how you coped with a (resonably) unanswerable question, their explanation not mine, interview mumbo-jumbo if you ask me.
I have to say though it is an interesting question, and i would very much like to know the answer - if it was EMWACS I can see why they changed it...
The last interview I had could judge if I was successful or not purely on the choice of answer I use in a question (sounds silly) but I guess all they are trying to do is employ someone of the right "mould"
too true though, anyone who asks a "forward thinking MS question" should re-apply for their own job. But pre-mainstream-web times, i doubt there would be a fraction of the IT knowledge there is today, and on that note, alot of people dont know the basics behind the computers of today
<Having fun with dbase 2 and other ancient programs...lots of good insight by working with the old style "bare bones" software and hardware
That doesn't seem like a bad technique. I might use that myself! See if the applicant tries to bs through it, evades the question, or just straightforwardly says "I have no idea..." or what I might consider the best answer, "I have no idea, and I don't care." :)