Ten years ago, the blue-screen was born.
August 24, 2005 8:00 AM Subscribe
Ten years ago today
, Microsoft released a massive overhaul
of their flagship product — Windows 95. It added support for 256-character mixed-case long filenames, pre-emptive multitasking
, and protected-mode 32-bit applications. Detractors noted that its updated interface
owed a number of debts to Apple's MacOS and IBM's OS/2. Most importantly, however, Windows 95 included built-in support for dial-up networking and a TCP/IP stack. Once this technology was widely-available, it was only a matter of time until the Internet became a household word.