Browse Definitions :
Definition

Windows 95

Contributor(s): Ivy Wigmore

Windows 95 was the 5th version of Microsoft’s GUI operating system, released in 1995.

A huge sales success, Windows 95 was Microsoft’s breakthrough system. It introduced huge numbers of people around the world to the Internet and computers in general. Advertising used the Rolling Stones “Start Me Up” to celebrate bringing the start button (which first appeared in Windows NT) to the masses. 

Windows 95 facilitated hardware installation with plug and play. It also brought more colors, enhanced multimedia capabilities and TCP/IP network support. This version of Windows introduced Direct X and Direct 3D, which made Windows gaming possible for more demanding games. Prior to that only simple games, such as Solitaire, could be played on a Windows PC without exiting to DOS.

Apple was struggling and lost users to Windows-based PCs at this time, further solidifying Microsoft's hold on the market. However, Microsoft had focused on consumer usability to the point that security suffered and thus became a selling point for future OSes.

Microsoft’s ad for Windows 95 looked futuristic in the mid-nineties but every application that appears in it has become part of everyday life:

The introductory guide featuring Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry looks a bit more dated:

 

This was last updated in March 2014

Continue Reading About Windows 95

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

Powered by:

SearchCompliance

  • compliance audit

    A compliance audit is a comprehensive review of an organization's adherence to regulatory guidelines.

  • regulatory compliance

    Regulatory compliance is an organization's adherence to laws, regulations, guidelines and specifications relevant to its business...

  • Whistleblower Protection Act

    The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 is a law that protects federal government employees in the United States from ...

SearchSecurity

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • cloud insurance

    Cloud insurance is any type of financial or data protection obtained by a cloud service provider. 

  • business continuity software

    Business continuity software is an application or suite designed to make business continuity planning/business continuity ...

  • business continuity policy

    Business continuity policy is the set of standards and guidelines an organization enforces to ensure resilience and proper risk ...

SearchStorage

  • business impact analysis (BIA)

    Business impact analysis (BIA) is a systematic process to determine and evaluate the potential effects of an interruption to ...

  • RAID (redundant array of independent disks)

    RAID (redundant array of independent disks) is a way of storing the same data in different places on multiple hard disks to ...

  • dedicated cloud

    A dedicated cloud is a single-tenant cloud infrastructure, which essentially acts as an isolated, single-tenant public cloud.

Close