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MS Team's Motto for Windows 95: 'It Sucks Less'

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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."

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    jplarson , August 26, 2010 3:11 PM
    Putting it into some context, while Windows 95 is 15 years old, Windows XP will be turning 9 in October.
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    teknomedic , August 26, 2010 3:21 PM
    apon further review, these team motos were also noted...
    Windows 98 - It's sucks even less
    Windows ME - We're so very sorry
    Windows XP - Tons less suck!
    Windows Vista - Oops, our bad
    Windows 7 - at least it's better than Vista

    ;) 
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    segio526 , August 26, 2010 3:36 PM
    zak_mckrakenIf they could have foreseen the future, it would have been : "Windows 95 : At least it's not Vista!"

    You know, as much as people complain about Vista, I didn't have any issues with it. Ran Vista Ultimate x64 for two years (until August 2009). Is Windows 7 better? Hell yes, but Vista wasn't bad. People just don't like learning curves, but it was that learning curve (in addition to bug fixes and feature enhancements) that made Windows 7 a success. If it went straight from XP to 7, I don't think there would have been as much praise for 7 as there was.

    On the other hand, Windows ME was awful, freaking awful. I got that pre-installed (I can only imagine how much worse it was to "step it up" from Windows 98) and it was so broken everywhere. I would have to reboot a minimum of three times a day (at least with Vista I could leave it running for weeks without having to reboot).
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    plznote , August 26, 2010 3:07 PM
    Who running Windows 95 here?
    I am! :lol: 
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    jplarson , August 26, 2010 3:11 PM
    Putting it into some context, while Windows 95 is 15 years old, Windows XP will be turning 9 in October.
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    beans4you , August 26, 2010 3:11 PM
    I did until my ten pound hard drive big as a book died. :( 
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    zak_mckraken , August 26, 2010 3:18 PM
    If they could have foreseen the future, it would have been : "Windows 95 : At least it's not Vista!"
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    demonhorde665 , August 26, 2010 3:21 PM
    actually if it wasn't some theifing bastard i'd still be running win 95. i wanted to do a dual boot with winxp and win 95 (for older games) but when i went to look up my old win 95 copy all i could find was the book , apoperntly some one that was living with us a few years ago made off with the disk. now if i could just get win7 i could at least do a dual boot with it and win xp. wouldnt get my old games working but oh well... wish i could get baldurs gate 1 and 2 running ok on this sytem but currently the BG games dont like winxp much throw a dualcore cpu on it and BG games just go bonkers.
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    teknomedic , August 26, 2010 3:21 PM
    apon further review, these team motos were also noted...
    Windows 98 - It's sucks even less
    Windows ME - We're so very sorry
    Windows XP - Tons less suck!
    Windows Vista - Oops, our bad
    Windows 7 - at least it's better than Vista

    ;) 
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    dgingeri , August 26, 2010 3:21 PM
    I still have Win95 on a virtual machine so I can run some old video games from that era. It's still just as stable as it always was. :) 
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    born2rock4life , August 26, 2010 3:22 PM
    Vista? I know Win ME was terribad, but did you really erase it from your memory? *shudders*
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    dgingeri , August 26, 2010 3:23 PM
    demonhorde665actually if it wasn't some theifing bastard i'd still be running win 95. i wanted to do a dual boot with winxp and win 95 (for older games) but when i went to look up my old win 95 copy all i could find was the book , apoperntly some one that was living with us a few years ago made off with the disk. now if i could just get win7 i could at least do a dual boot with it and win xp. wouldnt get my old games working but oh well... wish i could get baldurs gate 1 and 2 running ok on this sytem but currently the BG games dont like winxp much throw a dualcore cpu on it and BG games just go bonkers.

    virtual machines work so much better for this. Trust me. I have virtuals for Win 3.1, Win95, Win98, and WinXP. They work great for older games. The Win98 virtual works better for Warcraft 2 than the WinXP does.
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    pbrigido , August 26, 2010 3:25 PM
    Despite current day's incredible advances in gaming...I miss playing old games like Star Wars - Tie Fighter, Hover, Rise of the Triad, WarCraft - Orcs and Humans.

    ...not that I would ever consider trading in my current system for one of the Win95 era...
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    qu3becker , August 26, 2010 3:27 PM
    I guess everyone forgot about Windows 2000 Pro. Way more stable than ME and NT based, like XP.
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    rubix_1011 , August 26, 2010 3:31 PM
    Yeah, W2K was the OS of choice (for the time) until XP popped up. I avoided ME like the plague...98SE was far better of an OS than ME was.
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    segio526 , August 26, 2010 3:36 PM
    zak_mckrakenIf they could have foreseen the future, it would have been : "Windows 95 : At least it's not Vista!"

    You know, as much as people complain about Vista, I didn't have any issues with it. Ran Vista Ultimate x64 for two years (until August 2009). Is Windows 7 better? Hell yes, but Vista wasn't bad. People just don't like learning curves, but it was that learning curve (in addition to bug fixes and feature enhancements) that made Windows 7 a success. If it went straight from XP to 7, I don't think there would have been as much praise for 7 as there was.

    On the other hand, Windows ME was awful, freaking awful. I got that pre-installed (I can only imagine how much worse it was to "step it up" from Windows 98) and it was so broken everywhere. I would have to reboot a minimum of three times a day (at least with Vista I could leave it running for weeks without having to reboot).
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    jellico , August 26, 2010 3:39 PM
    Now, you see, that's what I like about the Windows developers and even Microsoft management... they don't take themselves too seriously.

    Contrast that with Apple, and his Holiness, Steve Jobs. This guy really does believe he is god's gift to the tech industry.
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    captainnemojr , August 26, 2010 3:50 PM
    I'd always get pissed off when I'd be concentrating really hard on something like a school paper and have my speakers turned up too high. Then I would get a Windows error and that damn loud donk noise would play. Scared the crap out of me.
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    accolite , August 26, 2010 3:52 PM
    To me it wasn't the learning curve that kept me away from vista, it was the 20 or so lock/ blue screen of deaths when trying to install it that messed it up for me.
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    tu_illegalamigo , August 26, 2010 3:58 PM
    ILLEGAL OPERATION! I hated those so much! GPF
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    crazitrain02 , August 26, 2010 4:01 PM
    Our NTP server was running Windows 95 up until last year here at work XD
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    nforce4max , August 26, 2010 4:01 PM
    I still got a rig with windows 95 on a Quantum Fireball from the era. I love how Win 95 uses so little ram and doesn't clog up the drive with useless restore point unlike xp and vista. Also it doesn't lag like hell even on the crappiest cpu. Now we're stuck running with ever increasing bloated os. Even Linux now days is bloated.
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    bv90andy , August 26, 2010 4:11 PM
    And just a week Ago I tried installing Win 95 on VirtualBox, but it crashes during installation.
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