Bill Gates and his company, Microsoft, changed the world two decades ago even though personal home computers were already around since the mid-1980s. Although, it was Microsoft’s revolutionary computing software that made a greater impact when it was released to the world on August 24, 1995. Ultimately, it shaped the technology world ever since. Who was to know that Windows 95 was the one that started the tech ripple effects thereafter.
There were many things to come after this, again, even if there were operating systems before the year 1995, this one caused major ripple effects across the board, literally, the grid had a huge tidal wave coming its way, and it wouldn’t stop. Thereafter, many home computer systems felt the quakes of many uses for software which rippled heavily onto generations, and then the next, and then the next.
For example, the features on Microsoft’s operating system helped computer users work with less effort, as well as less complexity. Those computer “brainiacs” were the graphic designers and typesetters of the printing and publishing world as well as many other industries. The operating system helped by way of utilizing certain steps or “shortcuts,” thus making the work of the computer user easier and with more speed.
Some computer users call it a cultural phenomenon. One of those featured elements the software had was the Start Menu. Although, as the updated versions appeared thereafter, Microsoft removed it in 2012. On the other hand, it did have to reinstate it in its latest operating system because of its popularity.
In fact, the Taskbar feature was what set the stage for what a computer in the technology world should look like when it was in use. What made it so grand was that it was compatible with all the hardware on the market. Computer users recognized the need for an affordable PC (personal computer) that was versatile besides for the use of design and typing. They were in almost every home and school across the world because of their universal appeal to every age group and gender.
Another software shark swimming in the sea?
The timing couldn’t have been at a better time because there was another software company that joined the technology pool a week later. This company called itself Internet Explorer. Actually, it was the first browser on the web for many computer users. (Yes, you didn’t have to be a graphic designer, typesetter, or programmer to use one.)
Stats abroad, the UK and the US
The Office for National Statistics in the UK, for instance, claimed that PCs were in 1/4 of all homes during the year the two computer software giants came out that year (’95). In the US, it was calculated that 18M had an equipped PC with the online services at home as reported that same year. Nevertheless, it was only 7 years ago that 80% of households in the UK owned a computer, as reported by the same agency, and for it doubled as well for Americans. Now more than 75% of all US and UK homes had PCs.
Data, data, and more data…Google it.
With an abundance of data information developed on the world wide web, it was impossible for people to stay away from their PCs. When the desire to find that “long-lost” high school buddy came to mind, people could find them. Communication or entertainment in nature, the data info was there. Indeed, it appeared on many PC screens worldwide. Actually, it was the abundance of data information that took everyone by surprise it became so overwhelming that another company dove into the deep-end to organize such information. It was similar to a library catalog of sorts and they called it Google.com. It was 1996 when Larry Page and Sergey Brin developed the ever-so-popular software that helped millions discover and learn about anything they wanted to know online.
Finally, there are many uses of software that changed the world in general. Consequently, we wouldn’t have to email, text messaging, MRIs, video games, desktop publishing software like Photoshop CS, those Car Crash Simulations, iTunes…to name a few. There’s a bigger picture though, and depending on what an individual does for personal or business will determine how they use the computer. Unbelievable to say, there’s so much history behind the computer software elements that the “Computer History Museum” in Mountain View, California now has an area called “the Computer Software Lab.” It will focus on several of these types of software that have been mentioned. The fact is to see more generations inputting their minds in technology with that of past generations makes the future brighter for an ever-changing world in technology. Consequently, it’s because of software; the question lies now on what would we do without it?
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