Many are familiar with the Internet Archive, the non-profit organization that strives to provide digital preservation of classic video, music, books, and websites. The organization announced Friday that it’s making a big addition to that list: vintage software.
The Internet Archive already offers an impressive software database, but the contents of the database are primarily the original source files, which date back 10, 20, or even 30 years. Downloading these applications is the easy part; experiencing them is another story.
With this new technology in place, the Historical Software Collection could be born. This new Internet Archive section features a small but growing list of classic games and applications that users can browse, learn about, and run directly from within their browser. Notable highlights include 1981’s Microsoft Adventure, the best-known port of the classic Colossal Cave Adventure, 1979’s VisiCalc, the world’s first consumer spreadsheet program, and 1985’s groundbreaking space trading game, Elite.
Like the rest of the Internet Archive, the entire Historical Software Collection is free, so be sure to check it out. It’s a great place for older geeks to relive classic computing moments and for the younger generations to experience history.