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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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i was in Toronto in mid-August 1995, and Bill Gates had rented the side of the CN tower to drape a 600-700 windows 95 banner down the side of it.

It was especially interesting to ride the glass elevator behind such banner.

I'll have to scan in the pictures.
1995. I had just moved to Seattle, working for That Game Company. Had no idea then that I'd spend a majority of the time I lived here in Seattle working at Microsoft...and yet here I am, doing exactly that!
..."They'll get Windows '95 debugged in nineteen-zero-eight (damn that Y2K bug)"
- Jordin Kare
The Heart of the Apple Lisa
I had not known that. I'm glad to hear that Microsoft knew to appease the science fiction fans of the world. :-)
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