Microsoft celebrated with a short film the 25th anniversary of Windows 95, the operating system that started the evolutionary path of the desktop operating system of the Redmond house that resulted in the versions that are widely used today.
In fact, August 24, 1995 coincides with the market debut date of the operating system that had the merit of unifying MS-DOS and Windows – previously made available as separate entities – and brought numerous changes compared to the previous Windows 3.0 and 3.1 versions. Windows 95 marked the transition from 16-bit to 32-bit architecture and introduced features that became symbols of the platform in the years to come.
The celebratory video is reminiscent of some, starting with the Start button and menu – and shows the evolution over time of certain elements of the interface, such as the trash can icon. There is also a roundup of applications that have marked history: from the inevitable Solitaire to Paint.
It is interesting to note how Microsoft highlights the continuity that links the Windows 95 interface to the most recent versions. Fundamental elements, such as the aforementioned Start menu, have evolved and changed over time, but have always remained a constant in Microsoft's operating systems.
Nostalgia for Windows 95? For the 25th anniversary Microsoft has prepared a podcast (in English) divided into two parts in which two engineers from Microsoft participate – Raymond Chen is Chris Guzak – who took part in the development of the operating system. Those who simply want to relive the Windows 95 experience can do so with a simple application available for Windows, Mac and Linux, without resorting to more challenging original OS installations:
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