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First Windows 95 Bought in New Zealand

August 23, 1995 GMT

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) _ A 19-year-old business student, Jonathan Prentice, slapped 200 New Zealand dollars, or $130, on a store counter at midnight to become the first known retail buyer of Microsoft Corp.’s much-touted Windows 95.

``It feels kind of weird to be first in the world,″ Prentice said, adding that he was not ``a computer geek″ but it was the multi-functional ability of Windows 95 that attracted him to it.

``I will be able to play solitaire and send faxes at the same time,″ he said.

About 70 people showed up at Whitcoulls’ bookshop in Auckland at midnight (8 a.m. EDT Wednesday) for the carefully-controlled event claimed as the first retail sale in the world of the new software. At least five television crews were on location to capture the event.

``This is really the first such software you can buy off the shelf,″ store spokeswoman Doris Mousdale said. `You don’t have to be a boffin to make it work, and you don’t need boffins to sell it.″

About 10 people purchased the product in the first minute. New Zealand computer buffs had pre-paid for the software, but were not allowed to take it home until after midnight.