Internet Explorer debuted around the same time, but was sold separately as part of Microsoft's Plus Pack for Windows 95. It was eventually bundled in directly with the operating system in an update to Windows 95 released the following year.
By the time Windows 95 was finally ushered off the market in 2001, it had become a fixture on computer desktops around the world.
'If you look at Windows 95, it was a quantum leap in difference in technological capability and stability,' Gartner analyst Neil MacDonald said at that time.
A decade and a half after Windows 95 hit the market, though, one question looms large for Windows? Are all its best days in the past?"