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Windows 95 ported to Google Android devices

My first real smartphone was an HTC running Windows Mobile 5. I told my friends that it was like carrying around a mini computer, albeit one from a few years back. Today, we seem to have realized that exact experience.

For some inane reason, the crazy kooks at XDA-Developers have decided to port over a version of Microsoft Windows 95 to the Google Android platform. Yes, it means we’re going backwards in time about 15 years, but it means that you can relive your solitaire dreams on the go. There are actually two different versions of Windows 95 for Android floating about out there. There’s one version that is quite slow (just like the original!) but is reasonably stable. The other version isn’t all that stable (just like the original!), but it’s a lot faster. Pick your poison.

As always, proceed at your own risk with any of these kind of homebrew developments. Just hope that you don’t end up with a random blue screen of death when you give it a try.


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  • http://www.mediadoneright.com mike stewart

    Companies like Apple (can you say iphone / ipad and DRM) that restrict what you can do with the products are a huge step backward.

    people should be allowed to tinker. inovation is spawned from tinkering. even if it appears to you as a step backwards to run windows 95. I don’t have a need for Win95 on a phone, but at least you CAN on an android. And maybe the people who did it have a specific use case. the point is THEY CAN!

    can’t wait for http://www.meego.com when I can run any of my desktop applications on my mobile device! seriously, a REAL mobile OS.