Today’s the 10th anniversary of the public release of Chicago, a.k.a. Windows 95. As someone who worked on this project for 2 1/2 years, there’s lots I could write, but I’ll limit myself to my favorite launch day story:
In between the official launch event (emceed by Jay Leno) in the morning and the carnival celebration in the evening was a private session that Bill Gates held with the Windows 95 and Office 95 product teams in the large tent where the launch had occurred. At the time Apple’s copyright infringement lawsuit against Microsoft had recently ended, and someone asked Bill how he thought the launch of Windows 95 would affect Microsoft’s relationship with Apple. Bill smiled and said something like, "Well, today we finally agree with Apple that Windows 3.1 is a crappy product."