A Decade Later: Windows 95 Keeps Going and Going
Microsoft's own worst enemy for Windows Vista is the kinds of users who are still running Windows 95. What, if anything, might convince these die-hards to upgrade?Microsoft Corp. officials have admitted one of their biggest challenges in continuing to grow the companys Windows business is the impression among some of its installed base that older Windows versions are good enough. The users of Windows 95, which turns 10 years old on Wednesday, are a case in point. Check out any of a number of Windows support forums, and it is readily apparent there are still lots of Windows 95 die-hards out there. While some are struggling to keep their aging systems ticking, others are content to keep patching and tweaking their decade-old Windows variant for the foreseeable future. And that perception is one of the biggest hurdles Microsoft will encounter as it launches in 2006 Windows Vistaa Windows release that its executives have likened to Windows 95, in terms of significance to customers and importance to Microsofts and its partners futures.
On Aug. 24, 1995, Microsoft launched simultaneously Windows 95, Internet Explorer (IE) 1.0 and the first rev of the MSN.