A significant hat tip to Ars Technica for filling our Sunday afternoon with operating system nostalgia. The site has pulled together a collection of seven Windows and Mac OS emulators that can be run with nothing more than your Web browser and a yearning for times gone by.
If you’ve spent many a year fiddling around with computers, then this is a mesmerising trip down memory lane revisiting some of the familiar software long since consigned to the trash can of history.
Follow the links in the Ars Technica list and you can play around with Windows 1.0, Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and Windows XP (an operating system that’s still in widespread use today). On the Apple side, you can try out Mac OS System 7 (on a virtual Mac Plus), Mac OS 8.6 and OS X 10.2.
Some of these emulators offer more functionality than others — none of them are fully fledged OSes running in your browser — but that said, they still provide plenty of entertainment for computing historians.