In the light of Microsoft’s recent advert for ‘The new Internet Explorer’ it’s time to take a trip down memory lane – to a time when computer screens were far from flat, we were playing Nintendo 64, collecting Pokémon cards, and communicating via a corded telephone – the touchscreen was a phenomenon reserved only for Sci-Fi films.
Microsoft takes us on this journey through time only to snap us back to reality with the final statement: ‘You grew up. So did we.’ And indeed, we have and they were with us every step of the way. Internet Explorer has been here since the commercialisation of the internet in 1995 and Microsoft computers were around long before, founded in 1975, so we are old friends now.
A lot has changed, we have evolved and made all our old technological fantasies come true – whether this be for better or for worse is up for debate, but in the meantime, enjoy the video and see if the familiar imagery of Pogs, snap bracelets, Happy Hippos and floppy disks invokes the nostalgic feeling that it has set out to do. It may be that it simply reminds you of childhood, or perhaps it sends you back to a simpler time when we weren’t constantly ‘plugged in.’ What it certainly does do, is display some of the things that were great back then.
And here is something that wasn’t so great…. remember that ’90s dial-up tone?