The heir apparent to Windows 95, Windows 95 was released in mid-1998. Originally it was called Memphis, and then Windows 97, but Microsoft changed the name when it realized that it was going to miss its target 1997 release date. Windows 98 offers support for a number of new technologies, including FAT32, AGP, MMX, USB, DVD and ACPI. Its most visible feature, though, is the Active Desktop, which internet explorer with the operating system. From the user's point of view, there is no difference between accessing a document residing locally on the user's hard disk or on a web server halfway around the world. To the top
A 32 bit operating system and desktop interface developed by Microsoft. A major upgrade to Windows 95. Introduced in June 1998, it includes numerous bug fixes, performance enhancements and support for more hardware, including the Univeral Serial Bus (USB).