Microsoft Bob

discontinued interface software

Microsoft Bob is a computer program that was made by Microsoft. It was created to make Microsoft Windows easier and better for old people to use. The main character of the program was a cartoon styled dog named Rover. Microsoft Bob looks like a house that the user can move around in, this makes it good for both old and young people, because it will be familler. The user's computer programs can be moved around the room to look like things in the house, like calenders, pictures and clocks.

Microsoft Bob
Initial releaseMarch 10, 1995; 29 years ago (1995-03-10)[1]
Stable release
1.00a / August 30, 1995 (1995-08-30)[1]
Operating systemWindows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98, XP [2]



Microsoft Bob was released in March 1995 (before Windows 95 was released), although it had been widely made public before to that date under the codename "Utopia" and featuring a dog named "Rover".[3][4]

Gateway 2000 Edition


A version of Microsoft Bob came with a computer called Gateway 2000 around 1995. It has the Gateway logo on the login screen of Microsoft Bob. It has more rooms and backgrounds that where not in the normal version, like the attic for example. It has a Gateway 2000 computer in the attic. Also, more icons appear in rooms already included.


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  2. "Raymond Chen Discusses Microsoft Bob". Microsoft. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  3. "MS plans Utopia for PC users". Computer Shoqqer. April 1994.
  4. "Microsoft makes for Utopia". Personal Computer World. May 1994.

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