Three years before the launch of the first readily accessible world wide web browser, Tom Gordon — an undergraduate computer science student at Arizona State University — had a "Mr. Watson, come here -- I want to see you" moment (except it was for files) when, from his dorm room, he first used Telnet to access files from remote office computers in Europe. The experience was galvanizing, and that's when the idea of an Online Office for Everyone took root.
Tom, and later on, Jason Simpson from ASU get to work making eOffice® Network, a dial-up network system, starting with six phone lines and modems. Tom got permission to run the operation out of a one-room bungalow at the SmokeTree Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Tom and Jason launch eOffice® Intranet for "Secure Office-to-Office" communications. Billed as the secure alternative to the Public Internet, eOffice® Intranet used dial-up phone lines instead of the Public Internet—it was used by banks, law firms, medical offices and prisons.
Experimenting with alternate ways to use the Internet led to creating the "Worlds Largest Online Office Directory," along with several innovations for connecting and using your online office, such as eOffice® Productivity Suite (for creating online content), eOffice® Webdirectory, and onsite help called eOffice® Experts! (to help you connect your office).
eOffice® Broadband is launched to help people connect their rural offices from communities where there is no access to high-speed Internet. The first area covered 2500 square miles in the rolling hills of Fauquier and Rappahannock counties in Northern Virginia, 50 miles west of Washington, D.C.
eOffice® Network expands its service as a Social Network available worldwide to help people connect and share with other offices, publicly or privately. Access to online productivity tools include eOffice® Productivity Suite, eOffice® Accounting, and eOffice® Phone, which include the ability to socially share privately within your own groups or share publicly.
With a focus on giving users an online office domain and identity, eOffice® Campus is launched in the San Francisco bay area to help students, faculty and staff connect and share with other offices, publicly or privately.More Info >