Microsoft celebrates the 25th anniversary of Windows 95 -- its most important operating system release of all time. It had industry-setting standards, features, and technologies -- that propelled Microsoft to OS dominance.
Ah, the golden years of PC -- where you had to decide on which Pentium to buy, how many megabytes of RAM you'd buy, the decision between IDE or faster (and more expensive) SCSI hard drives -- and whoaaa the introduction of CD-ROMs, and Creative Sound Blaster.
Oh, and who can forget the Start button, menu, and taskbar -- paradigm-shifting UI introductions with Windows 95 by Microsoft. Windows 95 has a laundry list of features that changed the operating system landscape and created total and utter OS dominance by Microsoft.
Here's just a few things that were introduced with Windows 95:
- The first operating system in the 9x family of Windows OS
- The use of the GUI (graphical user interface)
- 32-bit support
- Long file names
- Introduction of DirectX
- Introduction of 'Plug and Play'
- Introduction of 'Start' button
- Introduction of the Taskbar
- Introduction of FAT32, USB, IEEE, and AGP standards
- Introduction of the BSOD (heh)
- Shipped with Internet Explorer
That might not sound like much at all -- but back then, it was like being able to see after years of being blind. Well, I guess looking at a text-based DOS versus the GUI and advanced features and supported technologies of Windows 95.
This was before the internet really took off, and Microsoft could definitely see the future there.
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