Nostalgia Alert: Windows 95 Celebrate its 20th Birthday

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August 24, 2015 at 08:32:52
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Just an FYI this post is for those who hold a fond recollection, a sentimental longing, or wistful affection for the past.

Today (August 24, 2015) is the 20th Birthday of Windows 95. While Windows 3.0 ushered in an era of graphics on computers, Windows 95 was a Game-Changer for Computer Users especially in the following areas: (Source)

Start Menu
The familiar start menu, usually located in the bottom left corner of the screen, was first introduced in Windows 95.

Tool Bar
Windows 95 catered to multi-taskers by debuting the first ever toolbar in Windows.

Minimize, Maximize and Close
The now ubiquitous buttons in the upper right corner of a window were first included in Windows 95.

Long File Names
Windows 95 also took away the file name limit of Windows 3.0. Users could now run wild with long, descriptive file names making it that much easier to locate a file.

To commemorate its 20th Birthday, Microsoft will sponsor Team Reunion on September 12, 2015 in Seattle Washington & charge a fee - it will cost each person - employee and partner - $47.50 to get in)

Q&A: Remembering Windows 95 - Microsoft Alumni Network

Invitation for Team Members and Spouse

And a flashback of a New York Times news report - Midnight Sales Frenzy Ushers in Windows 95


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August 24, 2015 at 10:13:08
Not the most reliable OS but it is surprising how much of what is "really needed" can still be done on it. There has been an awful lot of glitz since then.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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August 24, 2015 at 10:39:56
Minimize, Maximize and Close
The now ubiquitous buttons in the upper right corner of a window were first included in Windows 95.

This is actually incorrect. Minimize was in the first version and Maximize was added in 2.0. What '95 did was add the close button. The universal exit beforehand was to double-click in the upper-left corner, where the app icon rests today.

Not sure what they mean by "tool bar," either, since I know applications in the 3.0-era had bars of buttons.

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#3
August 24, 2015 at 10:45:22
Derek -

in hindsight I agree with you but in reminiscence Windows 95 was the biggest software release the world had ever seen. Example: People waited in line overnight over many blocks to get it, like they do with iPhones today.

Razor2.3 -

I don't remember that part - I was entirely a DOS/UNIX man til Windows 98 rolled out. I guess the author who posted the report at ABC didn't dig deeper enough for accurate presentation of info?

EDIT - I have updated my original post to add that the Team Reunion attendees and partner will have to foot almost $50.00 USD apiece to get into the party. This tells me that Microsoft is not generous especially with those who help propelled the company to new heights.

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#4
August 24, 2015 at 11:34:17
Additional reading, from one of the guys who made the product: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/oldnewthing...

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#5
August 24, 2015 at 23:10:15
So what you're saying is:

It was twenty years ago today
Microsoft taught the world to play
It's been going in and out of style
But now guaranteed to raise a smile
So may I introduce to you
The act you've wanted all these years
The new improved version of windows

and so on.

(Sung of course to the tune of Sgt Peppers)


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#6
August 27, 2015 at 06:43:21
LOL sort of. In fairness can you adapt the rhythms so that we can also belatedly celebrate the 24th Birthday of Linux (1 day after Windows 95)?

http://opensource.com/life/15/8/hap...

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#7
August 27, 2015 at 23:51:13
Well OK, you asked for it:

98 was mine
'Til the time that I found her
Getting old, left me cold
Then XP came along, loved me strong
That's what I thought
Me and XP, but that died too

Don't know that I will
But until I can find me
An OS that'll stay
And will grow old with me
I'll be what I am
A Linus MINIX man, Linus MINIX man

(google it)

Sung to Neil Diamond's, 'Solitary Man'

Good thing I don't do this for a living.


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