15 years of Google: From University to Universal search

15 years of Google: From University to Universal search

Summary: Google is 15 years old today. Here, we take a trip back in time and watch the Google home page -- and logo evolve.


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  • January 1999

    Google Beta home page at http://alpha.google.com

    Google moved its site  to Google.com, registered in September 1997 and incorporating the company in September 1998.


  • April 1999

    In March 1999, the company moved into offices at 165 University Avenue in Palo Alto. It also moved its project to its own dedicated URL at http://google.com from http://google.stanford.edu.

    Its servers running main search at this time were  two 300 MHz Dual Pentium II Servers with 512MB of RAM. There are nine 9Gb drives between the two machines. The servers were donated by Intel

    IBM donated an F50 IBM RS6000 with 4 processors and 512MB of memory and eight internal 9Gb drives. IBM also donated a disk expansion box with another eight 9Gb drives.

    The main machine for the original Backrub system (Larry Page's research project at Stanford) was a Sun Ultra II with dual 200MHz processors, and 256MB of RAM.

    Google also built its own disk box with tem 9Gb SCSI drives.

    On June 7, 1999, a round of equity funding totalling $25 million was announced.

  • May 2000

    Images start appearing as part of the Google logo.

    Google goes global and adds ten languages to its search functions. Users could now conduct searches in French, German, Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian and Danish.

    Jupiter Communications, estimated that 55 percent of all websites would be published in languages other than English by 2003.


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