Posts from Wayback – 1995 August 24

“Click the start button.
It’s on the screen, not the keyboard.
That’s right the bottom left of the screen. That is your new Program Manager.”

Nineteen years ago we lost Program Manager and got the start button.

Windows 95 burst onto the scene to The Rolling Stone’s “Start Me Up” and I found myself with rows of computers to upgrade to the new way of doing things in between taking support calls for people freaking out over losing Program Manager.

Even back then, we had users and corporations rail against the new. Even the mining company I was supporting took it’s sweet time to roll Windows 95 to it’s desktops. I think on reflection they took so long they went straight to Windows 98.

Operating systems have come a long way from the days of getting a stack of disks and a 3 volume set of user documentation. Now operating systems are easy to learn, powerful and come with a few helpful tools and wizards to get you up and running quickly.

Its nice to look back and see how far things have come in such a short time.