Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) created the once popular Altavista Internet search engine. They were also the first computer vendor to launch a public web site at dec.com. Their domain name is the fifth oldest in the world and, at one time, hosted a popular software repository.
The world's first free web-based email service, Hotmail, was launched on July 4, 1996. The date was chosen carefully as it signified "freedom" from ISP based email service - July 4 being the United States independence day. [more...]