Want to see how Facebook and Twitter look in Windows 95? You can with Hover

On Wednesday, Microsoft launched a new web browser version of Hover, the first person sci-fi action game that originally came with Windows 95. The new version has updated 3D graphics, support for multiplayer modes and, as it turns out, a very cool Easter Egg.

The secret is pretty simple;  just type in "bambi" on the Hover start screen and the game transforms into a simulation of the Windows 95 desktop, running the original version of Hover in a window.

That's not all. You might have noticed two desktop icons to the left; Yes, those are Twitter and Facebook logos. If you click on them, both bring up some good old fashioned Windows 95 menu screens that are meant to simulate how those two social networks might have worked back in 1995 in an alternate universe.

You can send real Twitter and Facebook messages from these "Windows 95" versions in the Hover browser game. We do have to wonder what life might have been like if these services had really existed 18 years ago. It boggles the mind.

By the way, there's also a Windows 95 disc drive icon in the Hover Easter Egg version labeled "FUNSTUFF". Clicking on it brings up a shared SkyDrive account with what appears to be some random images. Perhaps they are clues to help find some more Easter Egg secrets in the game.

Keep in mind that the original version of Hover for Windows 95, which lacks the Facebook and Twitter features, is still available for download from Microsoft's FTP server.

Thanks to Geekwire for the tip!

Images via Microsoft

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As I recall "Funstuff" was actually the name of a folder on the Windows 95 CD containing videos, demos, etc.

Very cleaver on Microsofts part this. I remember when moving to Windows 95 (computer was ok to run it, this is issue most had) The amount of people that moaned lol.

The thing is back then IRC was sorta fresh not many used it but most people on it i knew didn't like the change to 95.

I think if Windows 3.1 Was todays Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 or 8 was todays 95 the QQ about 95 would be as grate as it was back then. People dont like change

Microsoft are bringing back memory's for me of this time and makes me chucken when i see anti windows 8 / 8.1 posts with trivial issues i.e start menu, start screen.

Ok.. so it's very cool and everything, but I do wish the IE team over at Microsoft would spend less time on these "gimmicky" things and tweeting silly "browser you loved to hate" pictures, and devote more time to developing their actual web browser!! IE11 still lags way behind the other browsers in terms of support for the latest web standards (IE11: 75%, Firefox 24: 84%, Opera 16: 85%, Chrome 29: 89% - source: caniuse.com)

Are these based on finalized standards, or still proposed/in development standards? If I recall, Microsoft will only support finalized standards.

Have you actually used IE11? I use all 3 of the main browsers, and IE11 by far is the fastest. Also, just as nest said above there's no point in support unfinalized standards, and for the most part most websites render perfectly fine in IE11, it's only the sites with old IE-specific coding that break.

Also, stop being silly... the teams that do this and marketing and COMPLETELY different than the development teams.

I'm glad i wasn't the only one to pick that up. Tahoma came in with Win98 and Office 97.
A good Win95 replica should always use the good old MS Sans Serif.

I loved how simple and basic Windows 95 was. There was a cool game on my old Windows 95 pc called Ski Free. There was the thing that came out if you were skiing a long time and ate you.

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
I loved how simple and basic Windows 95 was. There was a cool game on my old Windows 95 pc called Ski Free. There was the thing that came out if you were skiing a long time and ate you.

The abominable snowman! And the little dogs that occasionally did poo's !

That and Rodent's Revenge.. many a wasted hour there.

Pretty sure skifree was around even before Win95. We had it running on our school PCs running Windows 3.0. Another game of the same era was Pipe Dream

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
I loved how simple and basic Windows 95 was. There was a cool game on my old Windows 95 pc called Ski Free. There was the thing that came out if you were skiing a long time and ate you.

Chip's Challenge too!

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
I loved how simple and basic Windows 95 was. There was a cool game on my old Windows 95 pc called Ski Free. There was the thing that came out if you were skiing a long time and ate you.

It was different from Win 3.1.

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
I loved how simple and basic Windows 95 was. There was a cool game on my old Windows 95 pc called Ski Free. There was the thing that came out if you were skiing a long time and ate you.

SkiFree is available for download at http://ski.ihoc.net/

make sure that you have your username and password are handy
Gotta proofread, even in easter eggs, because someone with nothing better to do is bound to pick up on it!

Photo 1: Weezer video which was on the original CD
Photo 2: Music video was on the original CD
Photo 3: Lyrics from one of the music video's on the original CD
Photo 4: One of the "My thoughts on Windows" artists interpretations from the original CD - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL1tZ2d9L3I
Photo 5: Rob Roy trailer which was on the original CD

I think it's amusing that the author didn't know what they were for... maybe the author was born in the 90s. Youngsters, eh!

You know, seeing Windows 95 again.....for all it's limitations with modern operating systems, it sure has a simplistic appeal to it. Kinda miss it.

"By the way, there's also a Windows 95 disc drive icon in the Hover Easter Egg version labeled "FUNSTUFF". Clicking on it brings up a shared SkyDrive account with what appears to be some random images. Perhaps they are clues to help find some more Easter Egg secrets in the game."

These seem to be related to files that are on the install disc. The first image is a video from Weezer and the last one is a film poster for a film that had a trailer on the disc, I think.