Most tech journalists used DOS, Windows 3.1, and then Windows 95. It’s thus easy to forget that most young people who grew up using smartphones never experienced this critical time in PC history. And because they know so little about the time, it’s even harder for them to appreciate how far we’ve come, and how quickly.
With Windows 95 turning 20 last year, Fine Brothers decided to film an episode of Teens React (a spinoff of their popular Kids React show) dedicated to the ancient operating system. The video (via WinBeta) was uploaded to YouTube yesterday and has already racked up over a million views:
The clip is full of hilarious quotes. Here are a few that made me smile.
“The fact that the monitor is bigger than the actual computer itself, that says a lot.”
“Imma double click.”
“Wait, what is a modem?”
“If you go somewhere and don’t have Wi-Fi, like, that’s the wort thing that could ever happen to you.”
“God, this is such a pain in the ass.”
Windows 95 was released on August 24, 1995. As the video points out, a lot of the features and functionality that Windows 95 introduced we still rely on today. In many ways, it’s remarkable the bar that Windows 95 managed to set for desktop computers. Microsoft ended support for Windows 95 on December 31, 2001.
Oh, and if the above video wasn’t enough for you, here’s some bonus footage:
“My laptop now is probably like not even an inch thick. And this … this is ridiculous.”
“IT STILL HAS INTERNET EXPLORER.”