Frontpage to Backpage

February 17, 2006

{Today @ PC World – Bye-bye, FrontPage in New Office, Says Microsoft } – “Microsoft will close the book on its FrontPage Web-design program with the release of Office 2007, formerly known as Office 12, late this year.

Microsoft acquired FrontPage in the mid-1990s, and it soon outdistanced Adobe’s PageMill and other popular low-cost what-you-see-is-what-you-get Web-creation tools. “

I will admit to being an early user of FrontPage, back when it was owned by Vermeer. It was really good at the time, when no one gave a shit about valid code. NetObjects ( i actually have a new copy of this) was much better IMHO and both were a stepping stone to the professional GUI editors like Dreamweaver and GoLive.

FrontPage lasted longer than many of it’s counterparts. Adobe’s Pagemill didn’t last long, it was a joke to use. NetObjects is dead, kinda. I know I had been using FrontPage 9 or 10 years ago. I’d hoped that Microsoft would have come up with something better by now anyway.

I believe that Microsoft’s SharePoint structure is overly bloated and costs wayyyyy too much. Granted in Microsoft-based shops, it would blend in well with just other MS products. I don’t even want to imagine blending it in with Adobe’s graphics and Macromedia programs.