The video of Microsoft Store employees dressed in Windows colors, revealed by a falling curtain, gee that looks familiar, somehow


One of my former colleagues tipped me off to this video of the Grand Opening of the newest Microsoft Store, specifically calling out this moment at timecode 0:48 of a curtain dropping, revealing cheering employees dressed in Windows colors, which seemed familiar, somehow.

Oh right, because I did the same thing over fifteen years ago, at timecode 5:25 in this video.

Comments (13)
  1. Anonymous says:

    "Pfft, I did company employees dressed in Windows colors before it was cool." -Raymond Chen, Microsoft Hipster

  2. Thanks Raymond.  August 24, 1995 was truly a remarkable and memorable day for me.  I wore green in the upper-right section.  As a relative newbie, I positioned myself away from the center aisle, but I think I was just as "super excited" as everyone who had spent years working on Windows 95.

    @benjamin:  Raymond's clothing style should never be confused with "cool", with the possible exception of "retro-cool" :-)

  3. Anonymous says:

    So… it's the New Old Thing, aye?  

  4. Anonymous says:

    "Leider ist dieses Video, das Musik von UMG enthält, in Deutschland nicht verfügbar. Die GEMA hat die Verlagsrechte hieran nicht eingeräumt. Das tut uns leid."

  5. Anonymous says:

    Windows colors?  

    Just like Microsoft to be stealing from others and claiming it is innovation. I believe I could locate prior art that uses those colors.

    For instance:  en.wikipedia.org/…/Picasso%27s_Blue_Period

    The other 3 are left as exercises for the reader.

    [s/Windows colors/colors commonly used in Windows marketing to represent Windows/. Don't make me bring back the nitpicker's corner. -Raymond]
  6. Anonymous says:

    When I first read I assumed would be about how it looks exactly like an apple store.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Here's another perspective on the same event:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch

  8. Anonymous says:

    At first I mistook the colored shirts for being Star Trek uniforms.

  9. Anonymous says:

    @geh ma wieder usw.

    Fun thing: Works perfectly fine in austria :D

  10. How does this Microsoft Store work anyways? Isn't it easier and cheaper to buy software online? On the hardware side you have Xbox, Zune and some mouses/keyboards, but does the store sell Windows PC's, Laptops, phones as well? In case, what brand(s)?

  11. Anonymous says:

    How many of the red shirts survived the day…?

    Sorry, couldn't resist. :-)

  12. Anonymous says:

    I got a (small) kick out of how in both clips the curtain got stuck on one side just long enough to, I'm sure, make a few people skip a heartbeat or two. :)

    Given all the hoopla surrounding Win7's release, it's too bad they didn't do something like this for the Win7 dev team.  Then you could say you've been in TWO of these things!  (Which raises the question if you're willing — do you have any idea how the size of the "development team" for Windows 95 compares with 7?)

  13. Anonymous says:

    "I'm into some pretty undocumented APIs right now, you've probably never AutoCompleted them." -Raymond Chen, Microsoft Hipster

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