Revisiting 1994: What tech was like 20 years ago

Revisiting 1994: What tech was like 20 years ago

Twenty years ago, your smartphone wasn’t even a twinkle in Steve Jobs’s eye. Nevertheless, 1994 was a momentous year for the tech industry.
It was the year the world wide web (the internet as we know it today) was born. There were no smartphones, no iPads, no flat-screen TVs… and, imagine this, no Google, no Netflix, no Dropbox.

We’ve put together a reminder of how far we’ve come since then.

1. Windows operating system

Windows operating system

In 1994, most people used Windows PCs. Windows looked like this.

2. Cellphones


Cellphones were available but expensive. No touchscreens. Here’s one from Ericsson. The battery was as big as the phone.

3. First website

First website

In 1994, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. He published this, the very first website.

4. NeXT PC used to invent WWW

NeXT PC used to invent WWW

In 1994, Steve Jobs was still running NeXT Software, formerly NeXT Computer. This is the actual NeXT PC that Berners-Lee used to invent the web, and host the first web pages.

5. Microsoft’s first web page

Microsoft's first web page

This is Microsoft’s very first web page in 1994. Because it had a picture, it took a long time to load.

6. Yahoo home page

Yahoo home page

1994 was also the year Yahoo was founded. This is what its web page looked like.

7. Floppy disks

Floppy disks

There were no thumb drives or cloud storage. You backed up files on a floppy disk.

8. Doom video game

Doom video game

In 1994, Doom arrived, the seminal first-person shooter video game. It’s been a hit ever since.

9. Sony PlayStation

Sony PlayStation

The Sony Playstation arrived in 1994, too, and changed video games forever.

10. VHS cassettes

VHS cassettes

The DVD wasn’t invented until 1995. So in 1994, you watched and recorded movies on VHS.

11. Fax machines

Fax machines

Because email was expensive (and not everyone had it), the fax machine was uber popular.

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