After 22 years Windows 95 still finds life online and in the military

Kareem Anderson

Being a 22-year-old sometimes means the results of your labor begin to develop their own historical shelf life.

Microsoft’s Windows 95 has reached the ripe old age of 22 this year and to commemorate this milestone, TheNextWeb goes into some details about the operating system that users may have missed over the years.

  • On this day in 1995, Microsoft released Windows 95 to the public. It was an important moment for the company, and it paid The Rolling Stones $3 million for the right to use Start Me Up in its marketing campaign for the revolutionary new operating system.
  • I imagine most people would find it surprising is that Windows 95 has a home in the United States military, which had a 2015 budget of $601 billion.
  • According to an April 2017 post from Softpedia, 75-percent of the Pentagon’s control systems run Windows XP, or other operating systems that have long been discontinued.
  • “A lot of these systems are still Windows 95 or 98, and that’s OK—if they’re not connected to the internet,” one Pentagon spokesperson is on record as saying.

TheNextWeb’s piece continues on to highlight that despite Windows 95 is a 22 years old and lacking support from Microsoft for over sixteen years, the operating system still finds robust life online and with niche audiences.

Thanks in part to Windows 95’s computing relevance leading to its business and cultural adoption, it seems as though the 22-year-old operating system could remain in our lexicon for some years to come.