Microsoft’s Windows operating system plays an important part in the computing experience in India. The operating system may have reached new heights by achieving technical excellence but the Windows 95 update led to major design changes that still form the base of the current operating systems.
The Windows 95 operating system turned 25 on 24 August. The operating system was first revealed amidst much fanfare in 1995. Popular artists and actors alongside Bill Gates and Steve Ballmerwere present at the launch of the new operating system.
Looking back at the importance of the Windows 95 operating system, a veteran who worked with Microsoft for nearly 30 years told Medium (via ZD Net) that the OS was “the most important operating system in history.” In the report, he claimed that Windows 95 was a rough diamond that gave the computer industry what it needed at the time, given the hardware and software limitations back then.
Some elements that were introduced in the Windows 95 are still prevalent in the latest Windows 10. Features such as the iconic Start button and taskbar were first introduced in this operating system. The Windows 95 was also a 32-bit system which was a big leap in comparison to the previous Windows 3.1. Basic functions like naming multiple files was improved with the Windows 95.
The Chief Product Officer at Microsoft, Panos Panay shared a tweet showing the evolution from the Windows 95 to the current Windows 10. In the tweet he stated, “25 years ago today Microsoft released Windows 95, bringing experiences like the Start menu and Taskbar to customers.”