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Windows completes 25 years: 10 key points to note

Windows 95 was launched on August 24, 1995 as the first consumer-oriented operating system by Microsoft. Today it completes 25 years.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | August 25, 2020 | Updated 10:43 IST

Highlights

  • Windows 95 was launched on August 24, 1995, as the first consumer-oriented operating system by Microsoft.
  • Windows 95 was launched by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Jay Leno.
  • Windows 95 was succeeded by Windows 98 that brought along many new features and improvements.

Twenty-five years ago today, Microsoft announced its first operating system—the Windows 95 to the world of computers with much fanfare. The Windows 95, which became immensely popular amongst the PC users, was announced by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Jay Leno. The Windows 95 was also touted as the first "user-friendly" operating system by Microsoft that came up with lots of interesting features and became a hit amongst first-time buyers.

Celebrating 25 years of Windows 95, Microsoft shared a short video about the evolution of Windows over the years. "Windows 95 was launched on August 24, 1995, introducing us to many of the experiences our customers still use to interact with their PCs today such as the Start menu and Taskbar. Over the past 25 years, we have evolved these experiences, building on this rich history of innovation," Brandon LeBlanc, Senior Program Manager, Windows Insider Program said in a blog post.

So here are 10 key points to know about the Windows 95

— Windows 95 was launched on August 24, 1995, as the first consumer-oriented operating system by Microsoft. The operating system was first made available to manufacturing users on August 15, 1995, and then to retail users.

—The highlight of the Windows 95 launch event was the inclusion of The Rolling Stones 1981 single "Start Me Up".

— After the launch of the user-friendly operating system, several users bought their first personal computers and became a part of the internet because of Windows 95.

— Windows came up with three most memorable features such as the Start button, MS Paint, Recycle Bin, and Taskbar option that only got better with every new update.

— The Start menu was introduced to launch the applications or opening documents on Windows 95. The MS Paint became the go-to application of many young aspiring painters.

— Windows was the first operating system n the 9x family and was the successor to Windows 3.1x.

— Windows 95 also introduced the Plug and Play feature that could automatically detect and install the software. Although the feature still exits, it has been improved in the latest releases.

—Windows 95 also came up with MSN application, which in a way was a gateway to the internet for users much before Google arrived. The MSN application allowed users to send emails, access chat rooms, access news, and more.

— Windows 95 was succeeded by Windows 98 that brought along many new features and improvements. Interestingly, it was the same year, Google was launched. Years after the Windows 98 launch, Microsoft ended support for Windows 95 on December 31, 2001.

— Many operating systems came and went including Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, and 8 but Windows 10 is the latest operating system being offered by Microsoft.

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