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FrontPage 2002 vs. FrontPage 2003

Have you upgraded? Why not?

7:10 am on Jan 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Which version of FrontPage are you using?

  • If prior to FP 2003, please explain briefly why you've not yet upgraded.
  • How long have you been using FrontPage?
  • What version did you start with?

Current Version: FrontPage 2003
Using Since: 1995
Start Version: Vermeer FrontPage 1.0


FrontPage Historical Data

1995/11/01 - Vermeer Technologies Gives Birth to FrontPage [networkcomputing.com]
1996/01/16 - Microsoft Acquires Vermeer Technologies [microsoft.com]


FrontPage Trivia

Did you know that Vermeer FrontPage was the first distributed web content authoring application developed? That was in 1994.

1996/07/10 - W3C Journal Volume 1 Number 4 - Distributed Authoring on the World Wide Web [w3journal.com]

While many tools are on the market (e.g., SoftQuad HotMetal Pro 2.0, Quarterdeck WebAuthor 2.0, Adobe PageMill 1.0, InContext Spider 1.1) that provide a graphical user interface for the authoring of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) format files and layout of associated graphic content, these tools require the user to have direct access to the physical storage of the name space served by a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) server. This effectively limits the use of these tools to computers connected to a local area network (LAN) containing the physical storage. In contrast, an emerging class of tools (e.g., Microsoft FrontPage 1.1, AOLpress/AOLserver 1.1) allows users to save their work directly to an HTTP server, affording a style of work where authors are located remotely to the HTTP server hosting their content. This second class of tools, known as distributed Web content authoring applications, were the focus of this working group.


FrontPage Version History

  • Vermeer FrontPage 1.0
  • Microsoft FrontPage 1.1
  • Microsoft FrontPage 97
  • Microsoft FrontPage 98
  • Microsoft FrontPage 2000
  • Microsoft FrontPage 2002
  • Microsoft FrontPage 2003

Note: Development of the Vermeer FrontPage product began in 1994. 20 months later this happened...

Ferguson tells what it was like to create Vermeer Technologies, which produced one of the first software products that made creating web pages fairly easy, and then sell it to Microsoft for $133 million some 20 months later.

$133 million back in 1996. Wonder what that would be worth today? ;)

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