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Exactly 25 years ago, Microsoft launched the revolutionary Windows 95 operating system. Though I am just a youngster, I still remember using Windows 95 to play Oregon Trail, draw in MS Paint, and surf the web. Nowadays, I know a little bit more about Windows 95, and I can dive into some of the history (and jokes) therein. Releasing to retail on August 24, 1995, the iconic Windows 95 was a massive upgrade from Windows' previous versions. It included GUI updates, which are still used as a standard for Windows updates today, among other things. The Start menu, taskbar, and other desktop icons got their roots here and have been updated over time. Also, the classic startup sound for Windows started... Read more...
We have a special treat for you today, folks. Back in August, we brought you news about a Windows 95 "app" that was developed by Felix Rieseberg using Electron. The Windows 95 port was mostly a faithful recreation of the original groundbreaking PC operating system complete with playable classics like Minesweeper and Solitaire. Rieseberg is now back with Windows 95 version 2.0. Whereas the first release was pretty barebones, v2.0 ups the stakes with period-correct applications like Frontpage and the Netscape Navigator 2.01 web browser. For those that want to get your fix with some nostalgic gaming, you'll find Doom, Wolfenstein 3D, A10 Tank Killer and Grand Prix Circuit preinstalled.... Read more...
Launched over 20 years ago, Windows 95 launched onto the computing scene with a bang to the tune of the Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up". Windows 95 introduced the masses to the Start menu, 32-bit preemptive multitasking and an all-new UI.  Since its release, numerous developers and hobbyists have attempted to get Windows 95 running on various devices over the years from the Nintendo Switch to the Apple Watch to your computer's web browser. Now, a Slack developer by the name of Felix Rieseberg has created an actual Windows 95 app that can run on each of the three major desktop operating systems. Rieseberg developed the Windows 95 app using Electron, and it... Read more...
Are you nostalgic for the days of POGs, Beanie Babies, and Surge? Are you the type of person who constantly pounds out in all caps, “ONLY 90S KIDS WILL REMEMBER THIS”? Then Windows 95 must be the smartwatch operating system for you. It lives! (Credit: Nick Lee) Developer Nick Lee managed to get Windows 95 working on his Apple Watch. And Apple Watch definitely has the specs (check our full review). The watch packs in a 520 MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. Compared with Nick's original $3,000, 300 MHz Pentium II powered PC with 256MB of RAM, the Apple Watch is practically the Computeress from Dexter's Laboratory. There were quite a few hurdles to overcome, however, before... Read more...
When it comes to technology, teenagers have it easy these days. They have access to fast load times, fancy graphics, oodles of storage, touchscreen interfaces, and powerful mobile computing that fits in their pockets. They'll never know the struggle of tapping into extended memory in DOS to play games or dial-up Internet. But to give them a taste of a era gone by, Fine Brothers Entertainment subjected several teenagers to an old PC running Windows 95. Fine Brothers Entertainment often releases videos of certain demographics reacting to things they're not likely to encounter on their own. Just over a year ago, they posted a hilarious video of senior citizens playing (and for the most part actually... Read more...
Few operating systems are quite as iconic as Windows 95, which turned 20 just this past August. Compared to its predecessor, Windows 3.x, Windows 95 was an update unlike most others. The desktop environment was completely overhauled to offer easier navigation and a better experience overall. It was also the first Windows release to have a Start menu, a feature that has since remained in the bottom left-hand corner, and has been updated again and again (to the chagrin of some). There's lots about Windows 95 that can make people feel nostalgic. Take, for example, the classic game Hover, which Microsoft recreated back in 2013 to show off WebGL capabilities. Since then, we even saw someone put the... Read more...
Do you remember what you were doing two decades ago? Depending on your age, you might have been waiting in a long line for Windows 95. Yes, there were lines to purchase Windows 95, the revolutionary operating system that launched at midnight on August 24, 1995, 20 years ago to the day. Codenamed Chicago, Windows 95 was a big upgrade over Windows 3.1. It was a 32-bit OS with a customized version of MS-DOS baked in to serve as a boot loader and a compatibility layer for legacy 16-bit device drivers. Enhanced multimedia features accompanied the dressed up graphical user interface, and so did built-in Internet support, a critical component as the Internet was just beginning to bloom.To run Windows... Read more...
Let's be honest here -- it's a relatively safe bet that Windows 95 was never on your radar when you thought about purchasing a smartwatch, which assumes you're even interested in the emerging wearable category to begin with. Android Wear, iOS, and Tizen? All viable candidates (if not now, then soon), and you might have even looked into webOS (remember webOS?). But while Windows 95 was never a consideration for the vast majority, at least one novel individual came up with the idea, and then made it happen on Samsung's Gear Live. His name is Corbin Davenport and before you ask yourself, 'Self, why would someone go through the trouble of porting Windows 95 over to a tiny, underpowered smartwatch... Read more...
It's been awhile since we covered the announcements coming out of the Building Windows 8 blog and there have been a number of interesting new articles published. We've got three of the biggest discussed below: New Network Management: Windows 7 made connecting to a WiFi network easy, but managing a 3G connection can be more troublesome. As Billy Anders writes, "you needed to locate and install third-party device drivers, and in some cases software, before ever getting your first connection. If the drivers for your device and software from your mobile operator were not available locally, you had to find another connection type (perhaps Wi-Fi) to the Internet to search for software on the websites... Read more...
Everybody sing it with us now, "Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you...you live in a zoo," and so forth. More accurately, Windows 95, which just turned 15 years old this week, lives on in infamy as a groundbreaking operating system that was light years ahead of its predecessors, and set the tone -- at least in terms of the GUI -- for future versions to follow. "If you look at Windows 95, it was a quantum leap in difference in technological capability and stability," Gartner analyst Neil MacDonald said years ago. While incredibly stale by today's standards, Windows 95 was perhaps the greatest thing to happen to PC gaming at the time, next to the advent of 3D videocards. The OS essentially... Read more...