You can now run Windows 95 in a web browser!

Yesteryear Windows 95 can now run in a web browser, thanks to programmer Andrea Faulds who has designed a website to simulate the two-decade old operating system. The OS can be ran in the browser due to Emscripten, DOSBox and Em-DOSBox programs.


Yesteryear Windows 95 can now run in a web browser, thanks to programmer Andrea Faulds who has designed a website to simulate the two-decade old operating system. The OS can be ran in the browser due to Emscripten, DOSBox and Em-DOSBox programs.

According to Faulds' website, she started the project for the sake of nostalgia, and because it was fun. It will give users a chance to experience the birth of now well-known Windows features including the start menu and the task bar. A report by The Next Web pointed out that seeing the 20-year-old operating system fully functioning in pure JavaScript is amazing. One can also play Freecell, mess around in DOS or just enjoy the nostalgia.

Of course, the OS runs much slower than you would expect. It is also said to crash from time to time whilst opening certain applications such as Internet Explorer. The report also points out that the project uses emscripten, which is an emulator that compiles C++ code to JavaScript at run-time, so that users can enjoy the full retro experience without needing to install a plugin or set up Windows 95 from scratch.

However, a report stated that the web version of Windows 95 may wade into some sketchy legal territory, as the software remains copyrighted by Microsoft. Faulds adds that the webpage is for educational purposes and should also fall under fair use in the US and fair dealing in the UK.

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