Last week, the Windows 95 operating system turned exactly 20 years old. The "old woman" celebrated the anniversary modestly, without libations and fireworks: they remember, and that's okay. And there really is something to remember. Network World journalists have collected and published amazing and little-known facts from the life of the famous OS and its creators - Microsoft.
Aliens next door
Although Microsoft is traditionally associated with the city of Redmond in Washington state, where its headquarters are located, it was born back in 1975 in a completely different place - in the high mountains, in New Mexico, near Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Without drawing any analogies, we note nevertheless that it is there that the city of Roswell is also located, famous for frequent visits by alien aliens. The company moved to Redmond only in 1986.
Green Hills XP
The iconic Bliss wallpaper with green field and hill in Windows XP seems to be the most popular picture of all time. The image itself was taken in Sonoma County, California by photographer Charles O'Rear. Microsoft paid a lump sum for the photo, the dimensions of which are not disclosed, making it the default background image in XP. By the way, despite its solid 13-year-old age, this operating system remains the second most popular in the world today.
A three-second masterpiece
The soundtrack for the Windows 95 screensaver was written by acclaimed composer Brian Eno, the father of ambient. “The company told me: we want the music to be inspiring, universal, blah blah blah, optimistic, futuristic, sentimental, emotional … and a long list of adjectives. And all this should fit in three and a quarter seconds,”- said Brian Eno. As a result, the composer wrote 84 options, one of which was chosen.
The operating system could well have been given a different name. The founder of the corporation, Bill Gates, wanted to name the new OS "Interface Manager". However, in the end, we settled on Windows 1.0.
This is how the first Microsoft mouse looked like, with which the corporation first entered the hardware market. The mouse saw the light in 1986, ahead of the competitors from Apple, who were rushing to consumers. The steepness of the mouse was determined by two buttons, experts unconditionally recognized the device as a masterpiece of design.
Gamers instead of Xbox could well be hacked now on the Dreamcast. The fact is that at one time Microsoft decided to compete with Sony Playstation in the gaming market and was eyeing exactly the purchase of Sega, whose console was super popular. However, Bill Gates still decided to develop his own set-top box. Quite wise considering the Dreamcast ended up losing out to Sony Playstation and leaving the market altogether.
Fly in, buy Windows
In 1986, Microsoft co-founder Steve Ballmer personally starred in a completely monstrous commercial for the new Microsoft Windows 1.0 operating system. A sales agent with a Harvard degree in mathematics looked downright wild. There is nothing to add here, you need to see it.