Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd May 2013 15:28 UTC
Internet & Networking Exactly twenty years ago, a document was published that played a huge role in establishing the web as we know it today. Twenty years later, and this simple and straightforward document is proof of an irrefutable fact: while closed technologies can change markets, open technologies can change the world.
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Microsoft DID Design the Internet
by ricegf on Thu 2nd May 2013 21:51 UTC
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It was called the Microsoft Network, it was coded with a proprietary content authoring system based on Visual Basic called Blackbird, and it required Windows 95.

Happily, CERN's little open text-based network protocol stomped it so badly that it lasted all of 6 months. The Microsoft Network 2 became a website and ISP, Blackbird became a web authoring system called Interdev with the horribly proprietary (and notably insecure) ActiveX, and the Windows 95 client became Internet Explorer.

Read more on Wikipedia, Blackbird (online platform).

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