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This Was Steve Ballmer Selling Windows 1.0

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Today's Microsoft CEO was doing this 25 years ago.

Last week we got to see the press release that Microsoft sent out announcing the availability of Windows 1.0.

Being able the multitask was a big new thing at the time, and Microsoft's press release sold that feature just like companies today boast about new functionality.

"Windows lets users integrate the tasks they perform with their computer by providing the ability to work with several programs at the same time and easily switch between them without having to quit and restart individual applications."

Press release wordage hasn't changed much, but we're not sure that you'd see the same sort of enthusiastic selling that you Steve Ballmer did back in 1985.

Steve Ballmer Sells Windows 1.0

Then again, there's always hope for a revival with Windows 8.

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    N.Broekhuijsen , October 25, 2010 9:31 AM
    windows has evolved so much since then.... Ballmer hasn't: he still looks exactly the same!
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    Trashit , October 25, 2010 9:29 AM
    Holyshit a clock?!?!?!?!
    *gasps :o 
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    ohim , October 25, 2010 10:23 AM
    You can`t do that without a good sense of humor.. and that`s what i like at him :)  Put Jobs and Balmer next to each other , with whom would you like to go on a trip and have fun if you`ll be put to do it :) 
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    eddieroolz , October 25, 2010 8:51 AM
    This commercial makes me chuckle every time :)  Oh he was so energetic...
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    jlefebre6001 , October 25, 2010 8:51 AM
    DEVELOPERS!!!, DEVELOPERS!!!, DEVELOPERS!!!, DEVELOPERS!!!, DEVELOPERS!!!, DEVELOPERS!!!, DEVELOPERS!!!, DEVELOPERS!!!, DEVELOPERS!!!, DEVELOPERS!!!, DEVELOPERS!!!, DEVELOPERS!!!, DEVELOPERS!!!, DEVELOPERS!!!, DEVELOPERS!!!,
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    joytech22 , October 25, 2010 9:01 AM
    Haha what? seriously was that a ad? that reminds me of those old ad's for cars.. (Nowithstylishleatherseatsmassive60litretankforHOWMUCH?!$40 000!!)
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    TheWhiteRose000 , October 25, 2010 9:13 AM
    ...can I still buy one?
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    TheWhiteRose000 , October 25, 2010 9:13 AM
    Sad truth is,...its better then Vista.
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    mineevks , October 25, 2010 9:29 AM
    Very funny in this ad, it behaves like a woman ready to strip for money
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    Trashit , October 25, 2010 9:29 AM
    Holyshit a clock?!?!?!?!
    *gasps :o 
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    sicpric , October 25, 2010 9:29 AM
    What's his beef with Nebraska?
  • 33 Hide
    N.Broekhuijsen , October 25, 2010 9:31 AM
    windows has evolved so much since then.... Ballmer hasn't: he still looks exactly the same!
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    randomizer , October 25, 2010 10:00 AM
    If only Windows was still $99.

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    windows has evolved so much since then.... Ballmer hasn't: he still looks exactly the same!

    Na he's put on weight in the last 25 years :p 
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    Anonymous , October 25, 2010 10:16 AM
    HAHA, what a wally!! He will never be as cool as Bill!
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    Anonymous , October 25, 2010 10:19 AM
    That's actually a little freaky.
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    ohim , October 25, 2010 10:23 AM
    You can`t do that without a good sense of humor.. and that`s what i like at him :)  Put Jobs and Balmer next to each other , with whom would you like to go on a trip and have fun if you`ll be put to do it :) 
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    iamtheking123 , October 25, 2010 10:35 AM
    I'm not quite sure if the commercial is meant to be a spoof or not of a really bad infomercial.

    "Holy shit a clock AND reversi?!?" I almost get the feeling computing back then didn't actually make you any more productive.
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    spigias , October 25, 2010 10:48 AM
    Steve!!! Steve!!! Can it play Crysis???
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    sa1nt , October 25, 2010 11:23 AM
    Drama queen...
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