This Really Happened: A Jennifer Aniston-Matthew Perry Windows 95 Tutorial

Unless you were around when it was introduced, it’s hard to explain how big a deal the introduction of Windows 95 was. After years of dealing with DOS and clunky DOS shells, Windows 95 ushered in modern PC computing. (Yes, Mac fans, I know, I know. But we’re talking about PCs here.)

Microsoft licensed “Start Me Up” from the Rolling Stones for the TV campaign (Windows 95 was the first product to feature the “start” button.) The CN Tower turned into a massive vertical billboard. Brian Eno was hired to compose the opening chord sequence. And some major stars were brought out to shill for the program. Take a look at how a couple of cast members from Friends were brought into the mix. This is from Slate and in places is so bad it’s awesome. (“Internet email?” Yeah, it’s how we spoke back then.)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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