Visualized: 20 years of Microsoft's homepage

Over the past 20 years, Microsoft has updated their homepage many times. With new web trends popping up every few years, Microsoft is constantly adapting their homepage to stay fresh with the times.

Every so often, though, it is fun to look back to see how Microsoft has adapted it’s website as trends come and go. More so, looking at how the web has transformed since 1994, it is interesting to speculate what the company’s homepage will look like 20 years from now.

We have compiled the images in the gallery below and let us know in the comments what you think Microsoft’s homepage will look like in 2034.

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n_K said,
1998 'Microsoft and the freedom to innovate' hahaha, I never remember a cracking line such as that.

Every company does this kind of things; no biggie.

Jarrichvdv said,

Every company does this kind of things; no biggie.

Maybe, but I remember gates admitting a few years back he was anti-linux and tried taking people/companies to court in the 90s to stop them, that's what makes me laugh.

I remember a few of them, although i must be honest simply going to Mcirosoft.com is something i have never really done. I'll usually end up on a random page from a Google search.

I would agree with the comment above, 2001 had a really nice design, then all the ones after 2012 are quite nice.

Dot Matrix said,
Christ, 1994-1996 look like the poo I used to create back in elementary school.

That's what 99.9% of the www looked like in 1994-96, very basic HTML existed, not much processing power, low bandwidth dial-up... GIF was basically it for graphics it felt like even though jpeg existed also

My thoughts exactly, looked like something I made in elementary school comparing the design from 1994-1996. It could of been better layout with whatever advanced language tools they had available.

DrOmango said,
My thoughts exactly, looked like something I made in elementary school comparing the design from 1994-1996. It could of been better layout with whatever advanced language tools they had available.

'advanced language tools'?

HTML in 1994 was very primitive, what they did was common and doing anything more would have not displayed properly in browsers of the time.

Even in 1999 using a 'font' tag was deemed evil and destroying the purist design of HTML, which is why sites that hated IE would throw in 'Webdings' so the pages weren't readable in IE.

If you look at IE5/6 and the specifications Microsoft proposed to the W3C that were rejected because of Sun/etc, the world would have been closer to HTML5 and CSS3 almost 15 years ago. (Lookup the history of ajax or xhtml, as another example of technology being held back for politics.)

So, ya their site sucked, but all sites did - at least they knew it sucked and why.

56K? Anyone else remember downloading pics of naked wo...er...fluffy kittens and watching the image appear from top down, a bit at a time...?

Fond memories indeed :-)

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