I’d argue that the last truly revolutionary version of Windows was Windows 95. In the subsequent 17 years, we’ve seen a stream of mostly minor and often inconsequential design changes in Windows – at its core, you’ve got the same old stuff: a start menu, a desktop with icons, taskbar at the bottom, overlapping windows, toolbars, and pull-down menus.
A) I can’t believe it’s been 17 years since the launch of Windows 95.
B) Like Atwood, I was obsessively running betas of Windows 95 and waiting for it to be released (I even went to a midnight launch at the local CompUSA). Unlike Atwood, I’ve since moved on and have no desire to return to the Windows universe.
I hope Microsoft proves me wrong and tempts me once again. But I remain highly skeptical because well, history.