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The First Web Apps: 5 Apps That Shaped the Internet as We Know It by Matthew Guay.

Something new was in the air. It was July 1995, the hottest New York summer in a decade and a half, but heat wasn’t making the headlines. Tech was. Within weeks, tech’s 900 pound gorilla would conquer the Empire State Building, turning it red, yellow, and green to celebrate Windows 95’s launch. Web browsers were the hot new thing—or so Netscape’s PR team was telling everyone who would listen, ahead of their upcoming IPO. The frenzy of next half-decade would bring unprecedented tech riches, the ultimate triumph of the nerds.

But that was then, and this was now. Everything was just starting. Floppies were far more common than CDs. Cell phones made calls—just calls. The internet had only been fully privatized two months earlier. The goldmine was barely even discovered.

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