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Windows 95
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operating system (Win95) Microsoft's successor to their
as "Chicago" during development. Its release was originally
scheduled for late 1994 but eventually happened on 11 Jul
1995, followed by Service Release 1 on 1995-12-31 and OSR2
(OEM Service Release 2) on 1996-08-24.
In contrast to earlier versions, Windows 95 is a complete
operating system rather than a graphical user interface
running on top of MS-DOS.
It provides 32-bit application support, pre-emptivemultitasking, threading and built-in networking (TCP/IP,
IPX, SLIP, PPP, and Windows Sockets). It includes
MS-DOS 7.0, but takes over completely after booting. The
graphical user interface, while similar to previous Windows
versions, is significantly improved.
Windows 95 has also been described as "32-bit extensions and a
graphical shell for a 16-bit patch to an 8-bit operating
system originally coded for a 4-bit microprocessor, written by
a 2-bit company that can't stand 1-bit of competition".