It’s the 25th anniversary of Windows 95. Although Win95 is not the first Windows system, many of the classic elements of win systems, such as the start menu, taskbar, and so on, are from Win95, so it seems that it is not inevitable to call it the foundation of the Win system.
The 25th anniversary of Windows 95.
Twenty-five years on, the Win system is not what it used to be. Win10 has become microsoft’s desktop system’s latest top brand, its gorgeous visual effects, complex functional modules, are not Win95 can be comparable.
However, the reason why classics are classics is that they are still worthy of being looked up to by later generations. Win95 still has a lot of flash points compared to Win10.
Better market performance.
Today, Windows has become the absolute mainstream of the desktop market, but not in the age of Win95. Win95 is aimed at a situation where, in addition to old rivals such as Apple’s McIntyre and troublers such as HewWave, there is a hard-facing OS/2 (Microsoft is also involved in the development) of IBM, a PC-compatible standard-setr. Windows, for example, was once even an OS/2 alternative, but Win95 generations of Windows did perform a counter-attack miracle.
Win95 blew up the market as soon as it was launched. Through Win95, many friends first came into contact with the PC, personal operating system as a right-hand man in every aspect of life, the Internet also good-looking video is good, many friends first use the PC life work, is through Win95 experience. The emergence of Win95 has made Microsoft the dominant desktop operating system, and its status continues to this day.
The mad rush scene when Windows 95 went on sale.
Win10’s performance can only be said to be poor compared to its predecessors. Although Win10 still has the highest market share, the result was achieved three years after its release. For a long time, Win10’s market performance was not even as good as Win7’s a decade earlier. Win10 has been quite weak in other areas, such as the mobile market, where it can’t cope with iOS and Android, and can only shrink into the PC sector and watch its rivals eat into emerging markets.
Win10 was released in 2015, but it wasn’t until 2018 that Win10 finally outsized Win7 in market share.
Win10 has not collapsed in traditional areas such as the desktop market, and its market performance is qualified. But compared with a product like Win95 that ushered in a new era for Microsoft, it’s clearly less brilliant. Microsoft is still experimenting with more hardware forms, and hopes Win10 will shine in more areas.
more far-reaching impact.
The first is the market side.
Win95 has established Microsoft as the dominant market for desktops, a position that has not wavered since microsoft launched flip-between products such as Windows Me, Windows Vista and even Windows 8. Win system in most of the time, firmly occupy more than 90% of the global desktop share, learning PC is equivalent to learning Win system, and even become a lot of people’s inherent understanding.
The second is to lay the big framework for the Win system.
Win95 introduces classic elements such as start menus and taskbars, laying out large frameworks such as window layouts and tree trees, which are still dedicated to serving users today. Even if Microsoft tries to change some of these elements, users will find it difficult to accept, as in the case of the Start menu. Although the win system has changed over the years, the legacy of Win95 is still everywhere in today’s Win system.
Win95 lays the foundation for many Windows systems, such as Explorer.
This is Win10’s resource manager, and the visible layout is still similar to Win95.”
Win10’s influence, by contrast, pales in comparison. Of course, this has to do with Win10’s relatively short history, but Win10’s own erratic development routes, sewing UI and other factors, it is easy to make people doubt win10’s reliability and even the future, diluting the Win system over the years accumulated word of mouth. Is Win10 positioned as a multi-platform system or a desktop system? Should Win10 development be switched to UWP or stick to the original Win32? Can big cakes such as Win10X and Win10 ARM finally be cashed in? Or will you die like WP, Windows RT? One question after another is still not definitive, and Win10’s influence is naturally less than that of its predecessors.
Windows 10S, Windows 10X, Windows 10 ARM… Win10’s development ideas seem erratic.
Win10 is still evolving, and every year we see some eye-starting new changes in Win10. But what Win10 lacks may not be the idea of sky-high, but a system-based framework like Win95 that can withstand scrutiny. A patch of the east and west does not make a classic.
A more granular interface design.
It’s a bit confusing to see some friends here. On Win95’s antique UI, also with Win10’s gorgeous interface to talk fine? But in fact, fineness is not necessarily presented with special effects, they are hidden in one detail after another.
Last year, a hot topic emerged on Reddit forums abroad. Tuomas Salo, a UX enthusiast, praised the essence of win95 interface design and claimed that many of the previous essences had not been passed on.
Tuomas explains these details further, as noted in the picture.
1, with underlined letters indicate keyboard shortcuts, very convenient.
2, the design clearly shows that “we are buttons”, you can easily find the button you want.
3. Column titles look like buttons because they are buttons.
4, the divider is similar to the window frame, a look will know that it can be resized.
5, always visible scroll bar will immediately feedback the user about the content and quantity of information.
6, the oddity prompts this button will open a dialog box, rather than immediately take action.
7, the handle lets the user know that the window can be resized.
Tuomas’ views are shared by many users. A lot of people spit, in Win10 looking for certain functional points, just like in the maze treasure hunt, there is no way to find. Win10’s interface is indeed more modern and colorful, but if you compare the logic of interaction, the ease of operation, and the unity of design, it is in many cases even less than Win95, which was 20 years ago.
Since the birth of Win10, the sound of “stitching monsters” has been heard. In Win10, you can find both the traditional interface, the tile interface and the latest Fluent Design interface, and even the functional modules have “Settings” and “Control Panel”. Perhaps Microsoft is constantly updating the UI at the same time, it is also time to calm down, the first hand to finish the work, rather than rush to the semi-finished products to the user.
In Win10, it’s easy to find different styles of UI interfaces, as well as multiple different entrances to the same feature.
Why can Win95 be a classic? Very high degree of completion, can withstand the details, dare to explore but can implement the concept of the style, together cast the operating system history of the pearl. Technically, Win10 is way ahead of its predecessors, but that doesn’t mean Win10 is unassailable. Hope that Microsoft in keeping up with the pace of the times at the same time, better overall planning, bring a higher degree of completion of Win10 bar.