Last week, Microsoft posted a weird tweet on its official Twitter page, showing a pic with Microsoft Windows 1.11, the operating system the company launched in the 80s. The company even changed its Twitter page’s header to do a throwback to Windows 1.11. At it seems now, everything was a reference to Stranger Things 3, the Netflix series.
Of course, everyone has been trying to decipher the cryptic message behind these images, and many people came up with crazy theories. But now we know the real reason behind these posts, as mentioned above.
Along with the first picture, the official Windows account wrote: “Introducing the all-new Windows 1.0, with MS-Dos Executive, Clock, and more!!” Later, the account posted a series of tweets related to Excel, Chart, and Flight Simulator. What do all of these things have in common? They were all released in the 1980s, and the brand-new season of Stranger Things takes place in the year 1985.
Microsoft Windows 1.11 mysterious tweets were a reference to Netflix’s Stranger Things 3
Before finding out the truth, everyone started to speculate. Some theorized that the company became nostalgic for the 1980s after being inspired by the Programming Windows series. Of course, this rumor was wrong, as the posts were part of a promotional tie-in.
Even more, Microsoft decided to take it even further and released a new Microsoft Store app for Windows 10 named Windows 1.11. The description of the app says: “With Windows 1.11, experience 1985 nostalgia with a special edition PC app inspired by Windows 1.0 and Stranger Things 3. Play games, discover clues and Easter eggs and unlock secrets and unique Stranger Things 3 content and more. But, beware the Mind Flayer…”
Right now, the app is no longer available, but Microsoft promised it is going to return to the Microsoft Store on July 8, saying that its disappearance was just a temporary glitch. It is surprising that Microsoft chose to promote Stranger Things, especially since in the new season of the show not even one character utters the word “Microsoft” and we never see anyone using a computer on the show.
Daniel Kiss is the senior editor for News Lair. Daniel was working as a writer since he finished high-school, first for local papers then he started online, nowadays he likes to write about the latest games and tech innovations.