MS Team's Motto for Windows 95: 'It Sucks Less'
Start me up!
This week marks the 15th anniversary of the release of Windows 95. Some would say that Windows 95 with its Start menu (along with the Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up") ushered in a new generation for Microsoft as its GUI moved in to bump out MS-DOS and all of its competitors.
With it also came the very first Internet Explorer browser, now also a decade and a half old. At the time, Netscape Navigator was still king, but times sure have changed. (Correction: Internet Explorer came slightly later through the Windows 95 Plus! Pack.)
In reminiscing about the old days, long-time Microsoft employee Raymond Chen revealed in his blog that during the development of Windows 95, one of the team members attended a Mac conference wearing a Windows 95 team t-shirt.
The rest of his team jokingly said that they should get his dental records first to be able to identify his remains after the conference.
Thankfully, the t-shirt wearing team member returned with a funny story:
— I got a lot of funny looks. And one guy, upon confirming that I really did work on the Windows 95 project, said to me, "I have to commend you guys on Windows 95 so far. It sucks less."
Interestingly, the developers found this quite funny and adopted a new, unofficial team motto: "Windows 95: It sucks less."