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After 34 Years, Microsoft Reintroduces Windows 1.0

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Microsoft is just waking up from a three-decade coma. On its Twitter and Instagram accounts, the tech giant is “introducing the all-new Windows 1.0.” Excuse me?!

Windows 1.0 released nearly 34 years ago, on November 20, 1985. It comes with a 16-bit graphical shell plopped on top of MS-DOS. Microsoft designed it to be used with a keyboard, but mouse support was also baked in, even though mice were not all that common back then.

“In fact, the mouse was a bit of a curiosity at the time, perceived by many experienced users as inefficient, cumbersome, un-ergonomic, and hard to learn how to use. The mouse was certainly exotic,” Microsoft explains in a dated blog post that covers the history of Windows.

So, what is really going on? I have no idea, but if you’re in the mood for a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

“Introducing the all-new Windows 1.0, with MS-DOS Executive, Clock, and more!!,” the post reads.

The video is finished with 1980s style background music while Windows logos flash across the screen in reverse order. It starts with Windows 10 and works back to Windows 1.0.

Microsoft is not providing any concrete answers to the strange post, though it is interacting with its followers. In response to a question asking, “What? Why? Now? Seriously?,” Microsoft responded, “In order: Windows 1.01. Why not? It looks like it’s happening. Take a chill pill and enjoy the ride, man. ;-)”

Over on Instagram, Microsoft posted the same video on its Windows account. Even more interested, it wiped the account clean, except for the new post. Given that this actually happened yesterday, it’s doubtful Microsoft was hacked.

Instead, it appears Microsoft is up to… something. As noted by Engadget, other responses include “Stay tuned” and “Wait for updates!” Windows Central, on the other hand, brings up the chance that Microsoft could be getting ready to open source the old OS, just as it has already done for MS-DOS.

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