mabfan (Michael A. Burstein) (mabfan) wrote,
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This Day in History, 1995: Windows 95 Released

Ten years ago today, Microsoft released the Windows 95 operating system.

Being a Macintosh user and a science fiction fan, what I most recall from the release was one particular ad Microsoft ran for the new system. They had a series of ads suggesting that on August 24th, people should skip event X in order to get the new Windows 95, where X was filled with other things happening on August 24. One of those things, it turned out, was Intersection, the first World Science Fiction Convention to be held in Glasgow. (We've just had the second.) Well, when Microsoft listed the Worldcon in their ad, they left off the trademark symbol...and there was a brief discussion in fannish circles wondering whether we ought to send them a cease & desist letter. Especially given how intently they protect their own trademarks...
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