When Microsoft Bob officially hit store shelves on March 31st, 1995, it wasn’t synonymous with “tech-product flop of monumental proportions.” Even pundits who weren’t so sure about it tended to buy into the notion that it was a sneak peek at where interfaces were going. And almost nobody would have guessed that Microsoft would kill it a year later.
Given that Bob was estimated to have sold only a measly 58,000 copies during its brief life, many people who mock it to this day never actually used it. Here’s a walkthrough of some of its major features–take a look and judge for yourself. And don’t miss our history of Bob and insider’s look at Bob, Clippy, and friends by a Microsoft veteran.
(Note: I ran Bob on Windows XP to create these screenshots. If you’ve got to see Bob for yourself, finding it, installing it, and troubleshooting it isn’t too hard…)