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A developer turns Windows 95 into an app that can be installed on macOS, Linux, and Windows

The interesting part about this Windows 95 app is that it is only about 129MB and it only requires about 200MB of RAM to run.

  • Published: August 24, 2018 3:37 PM IST
Windows 95 Electron app

Image credit: Github/felixrieseberg


Windows 95 was the first operating system with an advanced graphical user interface, and shaped how newer versions of Windows would look. Microsoft announced Windows 95 back in August 1995 and it was the first operating system to combine MS-DOS with Windows. This version of the operating system helped Microsoft push the personal computer to the homes of customers paving the concept for personal computing. After about 23 years of the launch of Windows 95, it is now regarded as a classic piece of software.

Software developers for various devices have taken it as a challenge to try and run this version of Windows on a number of devices just because they can and also to showcase how far the world of technology has advanced. Over the years, they have been successfully able to run this version on the Xbox One, Apple Watch, and even an Android Wear smartwatch according to a report by The Verge. However, it looks like one developer took it a step beyond by turning the entire operating system into a single app that can be installed on a number of existing operating systems.

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According to the report, a Slack developer Felix Rieseberg has created an electron app that can be installed on macOS, Linux, and Windows devices. The developer has also uploaded the source code of the project along with the app installers for this electron app on Github. The report pointed out other apps as well, such as phone dialer, MS Paint, Minesweeper, and Wordpad.

The interesting part about this Windows 95 app is that it is only about 129MB and it only required about 200MB of RAM to run. That’s all fine, but you may be wondering about the most essential question that “Does it run Internet Explorer?” The report points out that Internet Explorer is not working as it does not load any website. If you want to run Windows 95 on your device then you can head over to the Github and download the installation package. The developer has just added support for floppy disks on the latest version of the app so you can open contents of a floppy disk if you still have one lying around, along with a floppy disk drive.

  • Published Date: August 24, 2018 3:37 PM IST