Dinosaur Sighting: Microsoft FrontPage for Windows 95


In October of 1995, just a few short months after Microsoft launched Windows 95, a company called Vermeer Technologies launched what it called a World Wide Web publishing and site management tool called FrontPage 1.0. The application featured a WYSIWYG HTML editor, an Explorer tool, which provided you with a graphical view of your page links, and a personal Web server, which allowed you to preview your site locally. There were many other great features included in the package such as the ability to create threaded discussion groups, a collection of templates, automated scripts called WebBots, and much more.

FrontPage 1.0 was such a great tool and worked so well with Internet Explorer, the Microsoft couldn’t stand not being in control of it. Plus the fact that at the time Microsoft was heatedly competing with Netscape Communications which at the time was working on a similar products: a Web site manager called LiveWire and an HTML editor called Netscape Navigator Gold.

In January 1996, just 2 months after Vermeer launched FrontPage; Microsoft acquired Vermeer and soon began the process of Microsofting FrontPage. In June of 1996, just 6 months later, the product was reborn as Microsoft FrontPage 1.1.and sported a host of new and improved features including close integration with Microsoft Office. The new version carried a retail price of $149, down from the $695 that Vermeer charged for the 1.0 version.

In this gallery of images, I’ll show you what Microsoft FrontPage 1.1 looked like.

Image created by Greg Shultz for TechRepublic.


Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.