Windows 95, oh how we continue to adore thee, even 21 years later. Now a mobile app developer has succeeded in getting the much-loved retro Microsoft operating system to work on an Apple Watch – and the results are quite amusing.
Nick Lee, partner and CTO at Tendigi, a mobile product design studio based in Brooklyn, New York, explains in a blog post on Medium that since the Apple Watch has such a great amount of horsepower – 520 MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage, 25 times faster than the Intel i386 used in many CPUs in the 1990s – then there's no reason why it couldn't run a PC operating system.
Of course, the Apple Watch is not designed to run any sort of operating system except its own, so getting Windows 95 to work on the device required Lee to modify Apple's development software so he could turn Windows 95 into a Watch app, which also emulated an environment that the OS could run in, according to The Verge.
Because the Apple Watch routinely tries to go to sleep when it's not in use, Lee even invented his own mechanism to keep the Watch on – namely hot gluing a motorized tube to the watch's crown so that it thinks that a human hand is still touching its surface.
"What are you, nuts? Pretty much," Lee explains. "I was born in the nineties, and the first personal computer my family bought (a $3000 screamer with a 300 MHz Pentium II, 256 MB of RAM, and the optional Boston Acoustics speaker system) ran Windows 95."
This is not the first time Lee has succeeded in getting retro OSs to work on an Apple Watch. He has also previously had a go with Mac OS 7.5.5 and managed to get it to run.
It might sound rather silly, but if you have a lot of patience and don't mind waiting an entire hour for it to boot up, you too could be running Windows 95 on your Apple Watch. Although the process was clearly quite painstaking, Lee's video shows that once it gets going, Windows 95 offers great functionality, even enabling him to open the Start Menu and scroll through until he found the Solitaire program and launch it.
Or if this is too much effort and you fancy some Windows 95 nostalgia, you can relive 32-bit computing on the amazing Windows 93 interactive online art installation.