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06-Nov-12 Britpop Windows!

In Blog, Personal, Uncategorized on November 6, 2012 at 7:27 am

The mid nineties might be remembered for the age of Britpop dominated by bands such as Oasis and Blur, but its hard to believe that 17 years ago the first Microsoft operating system to introduce Internet Explorer was released.

Windows 95, back in the day, was a bit of a game changer, as Microsoft promised that it was the biggest transformation in desktop computing (at the time).

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Back then, Microsoft were the leading software company in the world, as IBM faded from being the previous masters. Apple were only a little thorn in Bill Gates side at the time; how times have changed.

95 was significant, as it was truly Microsoft’s first attempt at a proper network operating system, after 3.11 (Windows for Workgroups) followed Windows 3.

These were indeed special times, as the iconic start menu button was released to the world and Microsoft were keen to get Internet Explorer released, as there was a view that the World Wide Web might become quite a big thing!

The current Windows 8 version might also be an iconic release for Windows, as the world and the desktop space has certainly changed dramatically. Let’s hope this version keeps them in the game, as although not always the most popular giant, they have certainly transformed my industry and my life over the last 20 years!

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