Apple employees once made a parody music commercial just to mock Windows 95. The five-minute skit is incredibly well done and quite possibly the best thing you’ll see on the internet today.
Big technology companies like to bash each other all the time. Samsung is forever poking fun at Apple and its products, while Apple likes to point out (without naming names) that rivals like Google give away all your data.
Back in the ‘90s, long before the iPhone, the iPad, and even the iPod, Apple’s war was with Microsoft. The two were competing to be the kings of personal computing, and obviously Microsoft was winning.
To boost company morale in late 1995, Apple made a parody music commercial bashing Microsoft’s latest operating system that was distributed internally. It might just be the best thing Apple made at the time.
Hilarious Apple video slams Windows 95
The video starts off slow, taking subtle stabs at Windows’ complexity. But it quickly becomes brilliantly funny when it kicks into parody music clips named U Can’t Use This, Killing Me Softly With Windows, and I Want a Mac.
The lyrics are excellent. The production is top-notch. It’s a work of art.
Windows 95 was wildly successful
Despite Apple’s complaints, Windows 95 was a huge success for Microsoft. Its launch was unprecedented, with computer fans lined up outside stores to get their hands on a copy of the software as soon as it went on sale.
That’s largely thanks Microsoft’s mammoth marketing campaign. In addition to a pricey commercial featuring The Rolling Stones, Microsoft had the Empire State Building lit to match the colors of the Windows logo, paid Friends stars Matthew Perry and Jennifer Aniston to feature in Windows videos, and more.
By the end of 1997, Windows 95 was running on more than 100 million PCs around the world. And in January 2002, a year after Microsoft had dropped support, Windows 95 was still the biggest OS, with a 57.4% share of the market.
Via: The Loop