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What is the MS FrontPage version?

Last updated: September 7, 2022
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What is the MS FrontPage version?

MS Frontpage (Microsoft Office FrontPage)  is a web authoring software from Microsoft released in 1995.  Frontpage was designed to create web pages on Microsoft’s own browser, Internet Explorer. The Macintosh version was released in 1998. It helps people to make web pages and create full complex websites.

Moreover, MS Frontpage was in the Microsoft Office suite from 1997 to 2003. It is also a WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) HTML editor. The benefit of this type of editor is that it displays content in live the same way as the preview. Some other examples of WYSIWYG editors are Adobe Dreamweaver CC and Froala. 

The special FrontPage script features include guestbooks, hit counters, and feedback forms. In order to access full features, web hosting companies used to use “FrontPage server extensions” software from Microsoft. However, Microsoft has not published any new versions of the server extensions since 2002, and they will not make any new versions in the future.

After 9 years of it has been an award-winning Web authoring tool for 9 years, Microsoft discontinued Frontpage in December 2006. According to the Microsoft website, the latest MS Frontpage version is 2003 with an online manager. Since the old “server extensions” are incompatible with modern Web servers, it’s no longer possible for hosting companies to use the original old software Microsoft provided. If you previously used FrontPage Server Extensions, the basic text and images on a FrontPage site will continue to work, but some other parts that require FrontPage Server Extensions won’t work.

Microsoft Office FrontPage

Microsoft FrontPage 1.1 released in June 1996

Versions of MS FrontPage:

Vermeer FrontPage 1.0 — 1995
Microsoft FrontPage 1.1 — 1996
Microsoft FrontPage Express 2.0 (free simple web page editor came with Internet Explorer 4 and 5, and could be found online from numerous shareware Web sites — 1997
Microsoft FrontPage for Macintosh 1.0 — 1997
Microsoft FrontPage 98 (version 3) — 1997
Microsoft FrontPage 2000 (version 4): Also included in Office 2000 Premium and Developer editions — 1999
Microsoft FrontPage 2002 (version 10): Included in Office XP Professional with FrontPage (volume license only), Office XP Professional Special Edition and Office XP Developer edition. Starting with this version, the version number jumps to 10.0 to tally Microsoft Office versions. — 2001
Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 (version 11): Not included in any of the Office 2003 editions, sold separately. It was included with Windows Small Business Server 2003 Premium Edition. — 2003

Check out HOW TO: Install FrontPage Extensions if you’re interested in FrontPage and would like to know more.

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