Want to feel old? The iPhone turns 20 today.

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Just KIDDING. Windows 95 is celebrating its 20th birthday though. Microsoft’s once-ubiquitous operating system launched in 1995 with an expensive (and wildly successful) marketing campaign. It looks laughably outdated now, but at the time, Windows 95 was a hit, selling 7 million copies in the first five weeks it was available.

“Windows 95 is to computing what color TV was to black and white TV,” a computer consultant told the New York Times in 1995. Windows 95 was the first time Microsoft debuted the “Start” button, something its ad makers weren’t about to let anyone forget:

I remember the “Start Me Up” ad, but there’s a piece of Windows 95 promotional history that I’d completely forgotten about until today—Microsoft hired Friends-era Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry to make a stilted “cyber sitcom” promotional video.

The nadir of the intermingling of art and commerce!!

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What do you guys remember about Windows 95? Was it the first operating system you used? Have you ever used an emulator? Let’s take a minute and reflect on what Microsoft’s iconic OS brought to our lives–besides some terrifically stilted Aniston-Perry banter.

[Engadget]

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