Microsoft yesterday took to Twitter and Instagram to tease social media denizens with a cryptic Windows 1.0 video. After you check your calendar to make sure it’s still 2019, check out the posts below:
Introducing the all-new Windows 1.0, with MS-Dos Executive, Clock, and more!! 😲 💾 pic.twitter.com/guU4QxwsGG
— Windows (@Windows) July 1, 2019
As you can see, the 13-second clip appears to be a teaser for Windows 1.0 – and that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. The inaugural version of Windows was released in November of 1985. And nearly 34 years later we’ve survived the horror that was Windows ME and Windows Vista to finally arrive at Windows 10.
It seems unlikely Microsoft is going to re-release Windows 1.0 in any capacity other than as a marketing scheme to announce the next version of Windows. After all, this is the company that named its third Xbox console the ‘Xbox One,’ so there’s precedent.
Another theory behind the strange video: it’s a cool thing to tweet or ‘gram with no real purpose, perhaps somewhat related to the next Windows 10 update. Why not? Microsoft is more concerned about hearts and minds than bottom lines these days – stuff that drums up nostalgia usually leaves folks with a positive impression. Who can forget the first time they used Windows?
However, if you’re willing to go out on a limb, there’s an explanation that makes perfect sense – but it might just be wishful thinking. Microsoft and Netflix could be in cahoots to promote the third season of Stranger Things. Stick with us here.
Stranger Things’ third season launches on July 4, and it takes place in 1985. The timing lines up pretty well in both instances, and Microsoft would make a perfect partner for the show. Here’s why: in the first two seasons Dungeons & Dragons was a pretty big plot-piece and audiences showed they enjoyed that quite a bit. In fact, when TNW interviewed a teacher…