GCN at 25: Windows to the past

A seminal moment sometimes passes unnoticed in its time, such as the day in 1948 when George de Mestral decided to invent Velcro. Others arrive with such fanfare that few people could miss them.

An example of the latter came on Aug. 24, 1995, when Microsoft ' with a marketing blowout that would have made P.T. Barnum blush ' introduced Windows 95. GCN, which had been working with Win95 in the lab for a couple of months, ran its review on Aug. 28. The verdict: Essentially, a thumbs up. The review noted that Win95 was a resource hog ' requiring at least 16M of RAM and an Intel 486 machine, meaning an upgrade for most users at that time ' and had a sizable set of glitches.

However, the review also concluded that Win95's Mac-like interface, Motif-like organization and other features such as plug-and-play were going to change the way users, including government users, interacted with their computers.

'Whether you like Microsoft or not, within a year this will be the OS of choice for any Intel client machine,' the review said. Other operating systems and upgrades have since come and gone, but probably none has had the impact of Windows 95.

Whether you like it or not.

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