The iPad runs Windows 95; Bill Gates likely rejoicing

Microsoft founder and current chairman, Bill Gates, has tried time and time again to make tablet computing the center of the digital world. In 2002, the first Tablet PC launched. Sadly, the device never really took off. In 2005, after the Tablet PC failed to achieve what he believed it would, Bill Gates was still adamant about the future of the touch style tablet.

"We need to keep investing, both in the hardware and software side, before it moves into the mainstream... It's not yet in the mainstream. I totally believe in the tablet."

While you might be able to say that, with the iPad, Gates' dream has finally become a reality, Bill Gates, himself, would tend to disagree. Back in February, according to electronista, Gates called the iPad "a nice reader," and nothing more. His feeling was that the iPad still needed to be more like the Tablet PC--including a pen and keyboard. He told BNET the following:

"I'm a big believer in touch and digital reading, but I still think that some mixture of voice, the pen and a real keyboard -- in other words a netbook -- will be the mainstream on that."

This morning, Engadget linked to the video shown below. It's the iPad running Windows 95. While such a concoction still falls short of Gates' overall dream of tablet computing, we're sure he'd have to agree that it's a step in the right direction. One thing's certain--with Windows 95 running on the iPad, the device becomes Apple's first to run Flash.

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You guys are mostly idiots. It's a fairly well known fact that you can run windows 3.1 or 95 on a jailbroken iPod or iPhone. I'm assuming this is a jailbroken iPad.

The power of the iPad was if it would run the iPhone os and posibility to install a full leatured OS in a boot camp manner. The hardware is there.

MtDewCodeRedFreak said,
Is that the original Win 95, or is it an OEM Service Release 1, 2, or 2.5 (should've been "3") ?

It's not the original because it says Internet Explorer on the startup screen. I forget which service release they started bundling it in. The original would probably have ran better on it though, especially the floppy disk version. It was a very lightweight OS.

Edited by Rigby, Apr 13 2010, 12:32am :

Ok so nobody's said it so it's up to me, tired of not seeing flash on your iPad?Can't multitask?..................There's an app for that!LMAO

Hmm i see a problem with an onscreen keyboard and windows 95. When it inevitably freezes how the **** do you press ctrl+alt+delete

jonnyH said,
Hmm i see a problem with an onscreen keyboard and windows 95. When it inevitably freezes how the **** do you press ctrl+alt+delete

The keyboard is running under different process and os under dif. So it windows freeze I believe keyboard to be still running.

"While you might be able to say that, with the iPad, Gates' dream has finally become a reality"

When Gates describes the iPad as nothing more than a nice reader who in their right mind would think he is rejoicing at a dream that has [not] become reality? The iPad is not even close to what Gates had has envisioned, in fact, running an obsolete edition of Windows is not even a step in the right direction.

"Gates likely rejoicing"??? Not even Jobs would say something so bizarre.

yowan said,
According to it's specs it can run win98

But Its like running two OS together so other OS actually gets less piece of hardware and ram

I had my doubts about this being real but this video is very convincing. It is incredibly slow though. Not all that useful other then giving enterprise developers a way to easily port apps to the iPad without having to actually port then.

DKcomputers said,
i know everyone hates it but why not ME? It has better support than 95.

Because Windows 95 has very low hardware requirements, ME or any modern version would take ages to emulate/run

DKcomputers said,
i know everyone hates it but why not ME? It has better support than 95.

support for what? there are no usb ports on the ipad..