Windows 95 is a consumer-oriented graphical
user interface-based operating system. It was
released on August 24, 1995 by Microsoft and
was a significant progression from the
company's previous Windows products. During
development it was referred to as Windows 4.0
or by the internal codename Chicago.
Windows 95 was intended to integrate
Microsoft's formerly separate MS-DOS and
Windows products. It features significant
improvements over its predecessor, Windows 3.1,
most visibly in the graphical user interface
(GUI). There were also major changes made at
lower levels of the operating system.
Three years after introduction, Windows 95
was succeeded by Windows 98.