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The Old New Thing: Practical Development Throughout the Evolution of Windows by Raymond Chen

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Chapter Two. Selected Reminiscences on Windows 95

WINDOWS 95 WAS perhaps the most heavily anticipated software of its era. At the Windows 95 tenth anniversary party, I happened to run into one of the lead marketing people for Windows 95, and we got to reminiscing about people lining up for hours at software stores to buy their copy at the stroke of midnight. Having Jay Leno (an actual celebrity!) host the launch event turned operating systems from boring software that only geeks understood to something with mass appeal (that only geeks understood). And he wrapped up our brief chat by saying, “And we’ll never see anything like it ever again.” Although you, my dear reader, weren’t able to join us for our little nostalgia trip, here are some stories ...

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