#TBT: Microsoft pays tribute to the man behind “Bliss”

Roughly the same time last year, we’ve reported that Microsoft will officially pull the plug on Windows XP. And just as the software giant was about to bid its ageing platform one final farewell, the Redmond-based firm tipped its hat to Charles O’Rear who, in some ways, became an integral part of WinXP.

Mr. O’Rear’s contribution to Windows XP has little to do with the actual OS, or its programs, rather the iconic photo we see above which is entitled Bliss.

But despite being deemed as the most viewed photo in history, little is known about its origins or the man who took the picture. So as part of giving the now-obsolete platform a proper send off, Microsoft took the time to retrace the roots of the Bliss photo by interviewing the man behind the popular wallpaper.

We may all soon forget about Windows XP, and maybe even its iconic wallpaper that most of us have tried replacing the moment we get the opportunity. And it’s totally fine by Mr. O’Rear. For him “it’s enough for me to see it out there and thrilled to know that people have pleasure from looking at it”.

4 Comments on this Post

  1. sam witwicky

    The only times I changed that wallpaper was for night time themes. Other than that, to me that wallpaper will forever be Windows XP:)

  2. eric jay

    iconic. thanks mr charles o’rear.

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