Not that I think too highly of FrontPage (anymore), I am disappointed to see it drop from Microsoft’s roster.
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.
FrontPage was the software that I used to build my first web site. That was over a decade ago. It was a simple site for a college project. My undergraduate degree is in music education, if that tells you anything about my complete ignorance at the time. I saved that site for nearly four years before it finally saw the world wide web. I went out and bought FrontPage the day before I registered my first web site, just to update and upload the site I had began four years earlier.
I continued to use FrontPage for probably the next six or seven months. Then I got persuaded, mostly because of the lack of any other option, to update my company web site. Of course FrontPage was not available, and I was introduced to DreamWeaver. It was with the introduction of DreamWeaver that I actually started looking at code instead of using a WYSIWYG editor. It was a crash course for me, and to this day I can definitely say that I have learned just enough to be dangerous.
With that little knowledge of code I switched to using Notepad++ as my editor of choice. It is small, quick and supports syntax highlighting, which I am lost without. It also integrates nicely into Firefox via use of the run menu. That, in conjunction with the Web Developer Toolbar and other great extensions, is my complete toolkit.
The other day I was asked to update a not as yet functional section of the intranet where I work. As I embarked on this task, the person I was helping opened FrontPage and, looking back, I had to chuckle.