Microsoft Bob

"Introducing Hard-Working, Easy-Going Software Everyone Will Use"

Announcement / Release
March 1995
August 30, 1995
Birth Place
Redmond, Washington, United States of America


Microsoft Bob was a 1995 Microsoft software product, intended to provide a more user-friendly interface for the Windows 3.1x, Windows 95 and Windows NT operating systems, supplanting theWindows Program Manager. Microsoft Bob presented screens showing a 'house', with 'rooms' that theuser could go to containing familiar objects corresponding to computer applications – for instance, a desk with pen and paper, a checkbook, and other items. Clicking on the pen and paper would open the word processor, and so forth. A cartoon dog named Rover and other cartoon characters provided guidance using speech balloons.Microsoft Bob was much criticized in the press, did not gainwide acceptance with consumers, and was not a successful or long-lived product.

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