This concept shows the hellish mashup of Windows 95 and Windows Phone



A YouTube genius has given us all what we never knew we wanted: a view into what it would have been like to get Windows 95 as a mobile OS. And, we don't mean that it's basically a look back at Windows CE which was originally released the year after Windows 95 and was an actual mobile OS, but more a what if Windows 95 were a modern-ish mobile OS.

We say modern-ish because while the hardware looks like a fine mid-range smartphone you'd find today, and the concept shows a Windows Phone inspired tile interface and an app store complete with Twitter, it's also pure and unfiltered Windows 95. There's Clippy, the endless grey windows with grey buttons, the old voice recorder, and a bunch of other teases of things you remember (fondly or not is up to you) about Windows 95. 

The real genius of the video though are the nods to nostalgia that clash so beautifully with modern sensibilities. For example, the mobile Internet Explorer has an error message; there are the spastic Steve Ballmer videos; and the odd way you might not realize what app you're in because it's all just grey on grey.

The video is courtesy of Kamer Kaan Avdan on his YouTube channel 4096. And if you enjoy this one, he's got some other good videos showing the evolution and history of Android, iPhones, Nokia phones and more. 

source: 4096

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8 Comments

1. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

0:56 endless error popup on vista? lol..

2. salami1980

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Windows Phone = Failure + Disappointment

3. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

It was meant to be successful but steve ballmer ruin it by rebranding of os and incompatibility of apps.

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Man that was a good time when 95 came out, end of floppy's and a new and improved GUI explorer over 3.1.1s. Start it up! Haha, it was fun then.

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And the INTERNET... Even if it just looks like glorified textbook at first, lol..

5. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I kind of like it. Not enough to ever own a device with Windows Phone, but I still like the concept.

7. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Not gonna lie the beat is on point and the ui kinda works. Nifty! but lets not and say we did lol

9. Tipus

Posts: 868; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should :))

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