But Windows 95 (and software that runs on or requires Windows 95) was an important piece of computing history. I think a case could be made that it’s Microsoft’s most important Windows release of all time, and its influence continues to be felt today. Not only was it technically important as an essential stepping stone from the world of 16-bit DOS and Windows 3.x to 32-bit Windows NT, and not only did it introduce a user interface that’s largely stayed with us for more than 20 years—Windows 95 was also a major consumer event as people lined up to buy the thing as soon as it was available. A full understanding of the computing landscape today can’t really be had without running, using, and understanding Windows 95.
I was a beta-tester for Windows 95 (and the MSN Network!). It is hard to overstate how astounding the OS was the first times I booted it up
Microsoft has taken a lot of shit over the years—much of it well-deserved—but 95 really was a great OS.