Wednesday morning, Microsoft officially unveiled a set of new products, all of which involve the upcoming Windows 10 operating system. These products included major changes to Windows on the desktop and smartphone, as well as a completely new and curious augmented-reality product called the HoloLens.
Windows has managed to clean up its act and appears set to compete in the future. But that doesn’t mean we can’t fondly remember its unforgettable early-’90s past.
In honor of the operating system that was there for us during the Bush and Clinton years, I downloaded an old version of MS Paint that I found in a YouTube description link (thanks, YouTube user krisnarocks!) to illustrate the event’s most important announcements and details.
Below, a Microsoft Painted guide to the company’s latest products. Be kind, it’s been a while.
1. First off, you can upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8 for free.
2. Speaking of Windows 10, it’s got a lot of new, colorful features. The Start Menu is back, and here’s what it looks like:
3. Windows 10 will also be available on a number of new devices, like the Nokia Lumia 1520.
4. Cortana will also be coming to the PC with Windows 10. The virtual assistant, and competitor to Siri and Google Now, will also be upgraded with a bunch of sassy new languages and features.
6. Microsoft also introduced a new digital monitor called the Surface Hub. The 84-inch screen comes with built-in cameras, speakers, microphones, NFC, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. It requires just one cable, and is meant for workplace collaboration and teleconferencing. For instance, you can take notes on it, like so:
7. Maybe the splashiest news of the event is the launch of HoloLens, a pair of big thick goggles that allows you to see and interact in a holographic world. Though the applications are vast and currently nebulous, an onstage presentation demonstrated that you can build a drone from a provided toolbox, which can then be 3D-printed into real life.
8. At the end, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (pictured below) came out onstage to praise the company. He said lots of nice things about Microsoft, like “Windows touches all of us.”
It’s true. Especially for MS Paint.