World Amazing Stuff: What technology was 20 years ago

What technology was 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 was born, A.K.A. the internet as we know it today. There were no smartphones, no iPads, no laptops, no flat-screen TVs and, imagine this, no Google, no Netflix, no Dropbox. Find below how far the world has come since it.

01. Windows Operating System 

In 1994 most people used Windows PCs and Windows was looked like this

02. Cellphones

Cellphones were available but expensive. No touchscreens, Wifi. The battery was as big as the phone

03. First Website
In 1994 Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. The very first website

04. 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

05. Yahoo Home Page

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

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

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

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

09. VHS Cassettes
The DVD wasn't invented until 1995. In 1994 recorded movies on VHS

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