What happened now? Nearly four decades later, a hidden feature of Windows 1.0 was discovered for the first time. It’s an Easter egg that says “Congratulations!” which contains the names of the original developers of Windows.
Lucas Brooks discovered an easter egg inside a smiley face bitmap, exploring the depths of Microsoft’s first graphics OS. This is the only form of gratitude in Windows 1.0, and perhaps the only recognition from some of the developers who have proclaimed the now dominant consumer OS.
In fact, Easter eggs were created to pay tribute to the developers. In the early 80s, Atari didn’t include credits in their games, so Warren Robinett hid his name in a secret room. His boss, Steve Wright, championed the idea and coined the term “Easter egg” to describe it.
A few years later, Microsoft released Windows 1.0 in 1985. It wasn’t yet a tradition to include a title page as an easter egg, which may be why the Windows team hid their page so well that users couldn’t find it. another 37 years.
— Lucas Brooks (@mswin_bat) March 18, 2022
According to Brooks, the easter egg was encrypted inside the bitmap that hosted it, so even if the developer looked at the bitmap, they wouldn’t see the easter egg. And at that time, tools to extract a bitmap from an NE (new executable) file didn’t even exist.
In subsequent versions of Windows, from 1.01 to 3.0 and above, Easter eggs with developers’ names could be called up on the screen by pressing a key sequence. Brooks thinks similar code also exists for Windows 1.0 credits, but who knows if we’ll ever find it.
If you’ve watched Brooks’ video, you may have noticed an easter egg inside an easter egg. One developer whose name appears is Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve. Newell left Harvard in 1983 to join Microsoft and worked on the first few versions of Windows before leaving the company with Mike Harrington in 1996 to co-found Valve.