The graphic operating system transformed computing

Aug. 24, 1995
Bill Gates and Jay Leno are hosting a mammoth gala for the press in Microsoft’s Redmond, Wash., headquarters. The strains of the Rolling Stones’ ”Start Me Up” — for which Microsoft paid $4 million to use — fill the air. The debut three years ago of graphic operating system Windows 95 remains one of the most hyped and most expensive (an estimated $300 million) in the computer biz. Recalls industry pundit David Coursey, ”The Win 95 announcement was the high point of media people who don’t understand computers making a big deal about them.” An estimated 140 million copies of Windows 95 have been sold to date. To paraphrase Mick Jagger, that could really make a grown man cry.