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By Richard Devine
Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015 at 8:03 am EDT
Well played, Microsoft. Well played.
Time to party like it's 1981.
If you're curious, this is what's on that floppy disk.
Something... Which is platform exclusive at last...
The camera crashes on my One. Guess it's Lumia only.
Nope, it works fine on my Ativ S.
It works on my Huawei W2...
Type win as well
Excellent! I used Windows back in the days, mid-1990s.
EDIT: Once you have typed win, try the calendar... :)
where can I buy?
Anybody know how to play rock paper scissors?
I tried it but it says invalid directory.
It works I tried...
I played it for 2 turns and then stopped. Getting to the game and answering all the questions from Cortana was actually more fun than the game itself.
How old are you boy? Surely post-dos generation... Still basic command knowledge is highly appreciated whether it's Linux, Mac OS or Windows. Don't be an ignorant.
Wow. What's wrong with you =/
Get off my lawn!
The emulation is buggy, ;o)
Try to type "DIR" and try " DIR" and give us your feedback,
Thanks!!! I' be tried it. It works
Everytime I do that, it tells me to load "mouse.com" is it an actual game or just more command prompts?
Type mouse.com and you'll get it.
should be "touch.com" instead ;o)
That's odd. 640k ought to be enough for anyone. XD
This might be the best thing ever, haha.
I don't know how to use this app :P poor me :P
Really? Are you serious?
Arrived this morning. This old school mobile computing is the future.
Is that an actual working 3,5 inch floppy drive in that box?
And where did you get this kit?
It is indeed. Hand delivered this morning by Microsoft as part of its press kit.
So you're saying that you guys actually had the technology lying around to read a 3.5" floppy disk?
EDIT: I see below you noted that the drive was included in the box. Well played indeed, Microsoft!
Microsoft sent it haha, USB powered
Some of us actually have "cough" spares lying around. You would be surprised how nostalgic some people are :P.
I still have my rigged 5.25" floppy drive in my "legacy" XP machine along with a 24X CD-ROM and a high quality Sound Blaster.
I still have my Trashiba combo 3.5 / 5.25 drive in a box... Cause you never know!!!
I still have my 486... Lol
1981? Should have been 5 1/4". Probably couldn't find any though.
The correct question would be: "Where are you going to put it?"
Still better then what sega gave out for s4 ep. 1
I soooo want that kit!
What else on the drive beside that Readme.txt?
You still have PCs with floppy disk drives?
As noted ms included one(pictured in the middle)
Don't copy that floppy!
Select sound blaster
Follow what Cortana says.
Amazing. Go Microsoft! ;)
My phone don't have a slot big enough! It would be slightly more believable if it had a micro SD.
Shake it off
Congratulations! You passed the test :D
April fools :|
You had something laying around to read that?
The floppy drive that came in the box...
Oh that's what that thing was. Been 10 years since I've seen a USB floppy drive. Used one for my senior project at college.
Ikr. At least 12 years since I last touched a floppy disk.
That's what she said. Hi-oh!
Well played, sir.
I actually do have some disks laing around at home. I even have a drive left from those old days, just had to connect it to my PC. I wonder if it still works.
it's larger than the original DOS was.. hehe
Kids now be like - someone sent a 3d printed save button
Lol comment of the day!
Haha you made my day
What flat design?
Lol lol .. This is epic
Type WIN enjoy windows 3.1
MS ... cool again!
April fools!!! Hahahahahah
Haha Microsoft has a super sense of humour.
True 80's would be using the 5" floppys.... Hole punched on the other edge to make it have a side B. Those disks are soooo Windows 3.11.
Can you even get those anymore?!
Plus...package would have been like 10 times heavier!
Naw those disks were actually "floppy" compared to the 3.5's. Though bigger by X & Y, they were thinner and made of softer material. Always felt lighter to me. I did have a couple of packs of blank 5" floppys but were sold along with a large Commodore 64 kit of hardware & games about a year ago.
When I started playing with computers in the very early 90's, aged 13 or so, for the life of me I thought floppy disks were the 5.25" disks and hard disks were the 3.5" disks. I was embarrassed when I found out the truth -- until I realized that everyone I knew thought the same thing (including the sales guy working at Future Shop...and he should know, right? right?). Of course I then tended to expound quite vigorously about how anyone could ever get the terms wrong and lorded it over the ignorant... (I was an asshole as a teenager, is what I'm saying).
We called a 5.25" disc a 'floppy' and a 3.5" disc a 'stiffy'.
A guy I work with has an 8" floppy on the wall in his office. Those were before my time.
I was a Windows 95 beta tester. Every week a set of 3.5 inch floppies came for installation. My Packard Bell 486 Win 3.11 PC had both 5 inch (A drive) and a 3.5 inch (B drive) drives. I swapped out the 5 inch drive for a new-fangled CD ROM drive when Microsoft released Encarta. I never actually used the 5 inch drive because by late 1994, early 1995 everything had moved to the smaller, less fragile floppies.
Used Type command to view io.sys. Hilarious!
How do I view the io.sys file?
That's the story of the astronomer Tycho Brahe!
More about him in msdos.sys...
And in basically every file (including the .exe and .com files). Somebody's really fascinated by Tycho Brahe.
Well played Microsoft !!
Is there a list of the commands somewhere?
Our original 'hands-on' post.
OMG I would definitely buy that set for if I could find it online.
All that's missing is X-Tree Gold hehe
A friend of mine ran tech support for X Tree Gold back in the day :-)
It was a good shell.. My dad swore by it... Now for a old voodoo n quake ahh memories ;
Get that 3% market share!
April's fool trick
This opens Windows 3.1
Go to MediaPlayer
CHIPS CHALLENGE THEME!
Yeah I got a good chuckle out of this!
Oh yeah...that sent me back a few years nostalgic
Too bad it didn't actually have Chips Challenge. That would have been awesome (and a relatively easy game to adapt to mobile).
I think a better April fools joke would have been to release a new windows 10 preview for phones but made the dl take 24 hours til tomorrow making everyone think it was a joke even though its not
Nah that would be too complex for people to understand
Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
And then when it launches it's MS-DOS.
Those beautiful days made of WordStar, GWBasic, Norton Commander and Print Magic
Run "media player" in windows 3.1. So nostalgic!
Huge fun being able to play the original Doom on my phone. The isheep are so jealous!
5 1/4 would have been cool.. I still have one.
Yea, so true, it would've been more shocking to see a rebirth of 5 1/4"
What's the memory command to get rps.exe started?
You can change color lol. To make matrix style type: color 02
They should've used a real old school 6" floppy disk.
I don't think you could find a 3.5" disk in 1981, the year the IBM shipped its first PC. First computers to use them didn't come out for a few more years, with the Mac, in 1984, being the first major system to use that drive exclusively and so began shrink-wrapped software shipped on 3.5" disks. In 1981, if this were real, it would have been on 5.25", and much floppier. :-)
Thanks Dan the Downer.
All of us techies love the nostalgia, and I hope like the history reminder (or lesson for those too young to remember this period). No downer here. I remember how excited I was when all of these technologies appeared on the market. Back then, these were far from mainstream and it was like being part of a special club to follow this stuff. Many people thought computers were a fad or only for business use. "What am I supposed to do with a 'personal' computer? Put my recipes on it? Sure, that sounds useful. These things will never catch on." The idea that the computers would ever be mass market devices, let alone that the consumer marketplace would be largely dominated by pocket sized computers that would also function as telephones was inconceivable.
When I was a little kid, I used to play on a neighbor's TRS-80, shortly before my mom bought the cutting edge Apple ][+ (that was before there was an IBM PC or an MS-DOS), later built my own no-name Apple //e clone that added lowercase letters (ha!), then went to the ill-fated, but technically impressive 16-bit //GS. But when Apple stopped upgrading the ][, // line, and didn't give its users a path to the Mac (they later offered the Mac LC, which could take an Apple 2 emulation card, but it only emulated the //e, not the more powerful GS and therefore much of my software library would have become useless anyway), I jumped over to the PC, at that time (~1991) with Windows 3.0 with Multimedia Extensions (their first version to ship on a CD). At the time, it was mainly because of the games (very few games came out for the Mac, all of them came out for the PC).
Hahahaha I love it!
This is the part when the kids arrive and say "oh look! A gigantic 'save' icon! So cool!"
Damn you for ruining the joke I made a few comments down.
The camera is quite nice. It should be released as a separate app.
Yeah, they should.
Both the ASCII and the B&W modes are pure genius.
I want dos screen saver ) pleaaassseee
I'm totally showing this to my coworkers today!!!
When you think MS DOS for WP is the coolest thing on April Fools day, MSFT throws another classic at you. How cool is that?
Happy birthday to all..
Hey cool, they 3D printed a save logo.
Cool!! Ultimate throwback!!!
They should update this periodically with more ms-dos and windows 3.1 games and programs like lemmings, war diaries, syndicate wars, kings quest. Ah childhood how I miss thee.
How do I set up my personal assistant, Clippy?
So want a lemmings game...
Funny thing is, most of the most popular games from pre-1992 would have taken up less than a gig of space. That is...wow, come to think of it.
Guys, try running win.com in the Windows folder XD
I loved it. Now give us the real preview on Lumia.
No copy of Broderbund Print Shop?
Hahaha, my mate and I used that for creating banners ages ago. i thing that was my first paid job :)
Would be nice if they updated this to be a full on emulator(seeing as putty has gone nowhere) would love to play zelda classic right about now
This is awesome...
When in India?
I tried to run rps.exe.
I get the following output..
"No mouse driver loaded, bailing out. Please load 'MOUSE.COM' and run RPS again."
How do I load MOUSE.COM?
Then keep typing what Cortana tells you to type.
Any other games?
What do I have to do to get one of those kits?
"Black and white text has never looked so good..."
"MS DOS Mobile is easy to use...very often you will see the classic C: Drive prompt. Just type your command and our 8086 processor emulation will whirl into life."
"Today we launch MS DOS Mobile...a bold step forward...people said it couldn't be done....and questioned why it should be done...and they told us, we shouldn't do it...but you know what?...we dun it anyway..."
Good on ya MS!
it's so expensive i can't purchase it... let me find a pirated copy of this ;)
Wow!!! I put
WIN and its cooool!!!
This is just ridiculous.
LOL this is hilarious... LOADHIGH TOUCH.COM golly don't miss those days if I'm going to be honest. Haha, all the work just to play dune or tie fighter.
Wing Commander, Gunship 2000, Privateer. Wow, those were the days.
What I loved about DOS is doing work on a keyboard instead of using a mouse. The software I use for data entry at work is horrible. I'm constantly fighting repititive stress injury because of the thousands of mouse clicks I do each week, and I have an ergonomic mouse. If just a few actions I do could be done on the keyboard instead it would save me pain, and actually be quicker.
But I digress . . . sorry.
In Ontario and new data management system has been put in place for the social assistance programs (Employment and Social Services) called SAMS from IBM (that cost the government something like $300 million). Given its complexity to get anything done over the DOS-era version, the joke is that it's missing a C in the name.
But we do digress ;)
I would rather use this MS-DOS Mobile than Android.
Perhaps Lumia should recommend using Lynx for accessing the URL in the readme file...
Did you try Floppy drives?
The vibration feels like what floppy drives did in past in case of missing floppy disk.
I was wishing I could find gwbasic hidden in there, and I just removed my last 3.5 floppy drive a few months ago and replaced it with a front mounted usb3 & audio jacks
Wow so cool. Brings back alot of memories.
I remember having to install Windows 95 from a set of 22 floppy disks. Still actually have my original set of Windows 95 install floppies.
How did I forget that, and you get that one floppy that didn't want to read.
Microsoft should make a real MS-DOS emulator for Windows Phone.
I do not see a hole on the disk? That would tell me its a 5.25 floppy disk as opposed to stiffy disk..... No wonder everything is abbreviated these days.
you have it backwards. The 5.25" disks had the holes in the middle, and the 3.5" disks had the hard-shell with sliding door.
nm, after re-reading I understand what you mean. Both are "floppy" disks as the "floppy" refers to the magnetic medium (the flexible plastic disk enclosed in the sleeve/shell) as opposed to a "hard" disk in which the magnetic medium was a metal disk.
Buggy ;o), try :
- " DIR" and let us know what you see
And funny Tycho Brahe... do "type + io.sys", etc...
Nice try !
have a lumia 830...dos boots, but doesnt load the mouse touch screen driver so when i get to c prompt i cant type anythīng! if only i can access the config.sys and autoexec.bat files to see why its not loading the driver...sigh.
mouse.com will not work, you need to run the touch.com instead as it's a touch screen and not a mouse ;o)
can i acces to my sd card or myphone memory(downloads exp)
i try all the letters (cd *:\ and cd *: and *:)