Happy Birthday Windows 95

Windows 95 is now 20-years-old

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Tue, Aug 25th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Verge brings to attention the fact that on August 24th, Windows turned 20. Released in 1995, it was kind of a big deal being the first operation system packed with a plethora of brand new features we now take for granted. By the way, Linux is 24 today.

Windows 95 wasn’t all about the Start button, though. Besides being a 32-bit OS, an important addition was support for long filenames, up to 250 characters. It sounds like a basic feature in 2015, but at the time it made naming documents a lot easier. Another big feature was the introduction of Plug and Play, to automatically detect and install hardware. While the process of Plug and Play has been greatly improved in more recent releases, Windows 95’s implementation was often referred to as Plug and Pray thanks to the often unreliable device install process that resulted in IRQ conflicts and lots of driver fun.

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