Early last week, Microsoft started to talk up the "all-new" Windows 1.0 with MS-DOS Executive, clock, and more. We all wondered at the time what exactly the deal was. Rumors suggested that Windows 1.0 was going to be a tie in with Netflix's third season of Stranger Things which landed on July 4. The Stranger Things Season 3 mashup has now been confirmed with the official launch of the Windows 1.11 app.
The description for the app reads, "Experience 1985 nostalgia with a special edition Windows 10 PC app inspired by Windows 1.0—but one that's been taken over by the Upside Down from Stranger Things. Explore the mysteries and secrets plaguing Hawkins, unlock unique show content and easter eggs, and play retro games and puzzles—all building off Stranger Things 3. Join Eleven, Steve, Dustin and gang as they seek to save Hawkins and the world. Embrace the 80s and grab your hairspray, because it's basically the raddest show companion experience ever. But fair warning: beware the Mind Flayer."
Essentially the entire app is a companion to the series and brings users content to explore to help solve the mystery of what is going on in Hawkins. Users can unlock content to go along with the show, and as you explore, there are various glitches that are related to the Upside Down. Among the content are mini 8-bit games that lead to clues and Easter eggs about the show. It's worth noting that this is no Windows 1.0 experience.
It's interesting that this season of Stranger Things is set in the summer of 1985 and Windows 1.0 launched in November of that year. Camp Know Where, which does figure into the series, is part of a broader tie in that will be in the Microsoft retail stores this summer. You can download the Windows 1.11 app here.