Windows 95 was the “next-generation” OS from Microsoft: redesigned UI, long file names support, 32-bit apps and many other changes. Some of Windows 95 components are still in use today. How does it look? Let’s test it and figure it out.
It’s always fun to dive back into old operating systems we used to use every day. Windows 95 is such a monumental release, and one that changed the face of computing overnight. It turned an already massive computer company into one of the largest, most powerful companies in the world, and its influence on how desktop and laptop user interfaces work today can be seen everywhere.
Windows 95 also happens to be delightfully pleasant to look at, especially taking into account the jumbled, chaotic mess of a user interface Windows has become today.
The article appears to suggest that Win95’s internet client capabilities are limited to IE3, but it can run much more than that. IE5.5 is supported; Firefox 1.5 is supported; and there’s always a hacker out there doing something nuts like backporting newer TLS onto Firefox 2 specifically targeted to Win95 ( https://github.com/roytam1/RetroZilla .)
Ignoring user based focus like web browsing, I still maintain lots of mission critical hardware that runs Win95 through to Win98SE., but it’s getting harder by the day to keep these things locked down and running reliably. Most of my efforts these days goes into securing and sourcing old hardware.