Microsoft Ironically Remembers the 1990s in New Internet Explorer Advert

By Gary Cutlack on at

Microsoft's latest Internet Explorer advert offers us a baffling retrospective of the 1990s, pretending it was a time when IE ruled the world alongside 56k modems, Tamagotchis and floppy discs.

Encouraging users to "Reconnect with the new Internet Explorer" as found on today's Windows 8 tablets and other devices where you haven't got any other choice, the ad lists arbitrary things from the past, including yo-yos and trolls, which we associate more with the 1970s and 1980s, floppy discs (1980s), rubbish childhood haircuts (forever) and other old things plucked out of random points of history.

It doesn't make much sense, but then, perhaps showing yet more historical cultural awareness, Microsoft adverts never have. Comments beneath the YouTube upload have wisely been disabled. That's another thing we didn't have to worry about back then. [YouTube]