Watch Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry Teach Us How to Use Windows 95
By Raphael Chestang
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Windows 95 was released 20 years ago, and while computers are ubiquitous today, the technology was still confusing to some people in the mid-90s. That is until Microsoft recruited Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry to explain its operating system to the masses in a video that has thankfully resurfaced this week in light of the Windows 95 anniversary.
The Friends co-stars were cast in a "cybersitcom," which is basically an instructional video taking viewers on "an adventure in computing."
In the video, which Wired reports was sold in electronics stores, Jennifer and Matthew show up at Microsoft chairman Bill Gates' office for a scheduled meeting, but when the business magnate is a no-show, the two actors are introduced to the new features of Windows 95 by Gates' loyal assistant Bernice, Boris the maintenance guy, martial arts guru Jeff Lee and video game junkie Joystick Johnny.
"Look, Matty! I'm computing!" Jennifer says in the clip while discovering new things like taskbars and right-clicking.
"Oh, this is so trippy!" Jennifer adds, which may be the only statement in the video that's truer today than it was 20 years ago.
And even though Wikipedia claims that Microsoft named their search engine Bing because it "would remind people of the sound made during the moment of discovery and decision making," now the only thing it's reminding us of is a sarcastic New Yorker named Chandler.
As close as the TV stars were at the time of the video, Matthew wasn't invited to Jennifer's surprise backyard wedding to Justin Theroux on Aug. 5.