On 24 August 1995, Microsoft brought Windows 95. This innovative and highly successful computer operating system put users in a new graphical environment and removed them once and for all from the command line. He also did the Microsoft household name. Here's why Windows 95 they were so special.
Full operating system
One of the most notable features of Windows 95 was that he tried for the first time to completely remove users from the command line. Unlike Windows 3.11, Windows 95 they started directly with a graphic display, despite having one enhanced MS-DOS kernel performed under the hood.
Before Windows 95, computer owners had to buy MS-DOS and Windows separately, and then install one on top of the other. By default, most people would still start MS-DOS and then run Windows whenever they needed it.
The Windows 95, however, wrapped both the Windows shell and MS-DOS into one product and named it complete operating system.
The biggest advantage of Windows 95 was that they were widely compatible with thousands of programs written for MS-DOS and Windows 3.x. This made the upgrade quite painless, for most people.
This shortcoming was overcome only with the subsequent release of Windows XP released in 2001.
The birth of the start menu and taskbar
If you have been using Windows for the past 25 years, you will be familiar with the Start Menu and Taskbar, both of which came from Windows 95. The Start menu served as a concise and logical replacement for "Program Management" in Windows 3.x for organizing and launching installed applications.
OR Microsoft introduced the Start button in much of its then-ads and described it as a simple way for anyone to "get started" using a Windows computer.
The menu "Inception”Also caused some comic confusion, as shown in this New York Times review in August 1995, who joked, “Where is the Finish option? On the Start button, of course! ”
OR Task bar of Windows 95 spreads out at the bottom of the screen (as it does now) providing a compact yet sophisticated way of managing tasks for many application windows. Windows 3.x did not have such functionality, but neither did the Macintosh at the time.
In fact, it could be argued that the Start Button and Taskbar allowed Windows 95 to Overcome for the First Time, Mac OS. That was a big deal in 1995, as Apple fans have long ridiculed her Microsoft. Mac OS did not get one, enabled by default, Startup or task manager, until OS X Beta in 2000.
The Origin of Windows Explorer
The Windows 95 marked the first appearance of Windows Explorer (now called "File Explorer"). It was a file manager and a shell that worked in one. Unlike Windows 3.x, which splits file and application management into two different programs, Explorer integrates them (similar to Finder before that). Managed not only windows full of icons representing both files and applications, but also the Start menu and taskbar.
Other software innovations of Windows 95 included:
- One right click on the context menu for direct file operations.
- A desktop area where you could save files, such as a folder
- File shortcuts.
- The Recycle Bin.
- Device manager
- "My Computer" on the desktop.
- A "Find" utility for the whole system.
- Native support for 32-bit applications (via Win32 API ).
- Support for the new DirectX API , which allowed Windows full screen games.
The Windows 95 was a huge release that was designed to keep people from relying on MS-DOS to do their jobs. All of these new features have made it, for the first time, accessible to the average computer user.
The FreeCell first appeared as a demo for the Win32 API (for Windows 3.x computers). However, it also came with Windows 95 and soon gave the same feel as Windows Solitaire and Minesweeper (both were also included in Windows 95).
Its depth and complexity have kept players fascinated for over a decade, as well as tried to solve and his 32.000 possible games. Do not tell us that you have not spent hours on the Windows solitaire.
The Internet on the desktop
In their first release, the Windows 95 did not include a web browser. Instead, users saw an icon for a new web service called The Microsoft Network (MSN) on the desktop. THE Microsoft captured MSN as a competitor to CompuServe and Prodigy.
However, even before the release of MSN, Bill Gates acknowledged the inevitability of the dominance of the World Wide Web. As a result, MSN soon became more Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Its web browser Microsoft, Internet Explorer, was launched as an optional add - on for Windows 95. However, by December 1995, the new versions of Windows 95 (starting with OEM Service Release 1) now included Internet Explorer by default.
Users can access the browser via an icon on the desktop called "The Internet”(The Internet). Competitive browser developers, such as Netscape, have been faced with this monopoly. Microsoft. The inclusion of Internet Explorer in Windows 95 led to major US antitrust case against Microsoft in 1998.
Following an initial decision calling for its dissolution Microsoft, the Microsoft prevailed with an appeal and managed to escape from the bad situation for her, with very little impact. And Internet Explorer is still included in future versions of Windows.
Dynamic appearance in marketing
To begin with Windows 95, the Microsoft presented a $ 300 million advertising campaign, the which is then mentioned , perhaps, the most expensive in American history. It was an unprecedented high-profile campaign for a software product. It was also complemented by friendly blue sky artwork and a catchy name that seemed to stand out. Windows 95 from other, more sterile software versions.
The company was advertised everywhere: newspapers, magazines, radio, television and billboards. Also, paid the Rolling Stones $ 3 million to get the license to use the song “Start me up”For a series of high-profile TV commercials.
On 24 August 1995, the Microsoft held a huge event for the presentation of Windows 95, on her campus in Redmond, Washington, hosted by Jay Leno. According to information, it was broadcast live, via satellite, at smaller events Microsoft worldwide.
The result was impressive. The Windows 95 they had a great deal of attention and brought her Microsoft as a symbol of business success. The company sold 1 million copies of Windows 95 in the first week and 40 million in the first year. The Windows 95 it was a good success.
Happy Birthday, Windows 95!