Windows XP Bliss

It’s arguably one of the most recognised photos across the globe.  “Bliss” was the name given to the desktop background image that was included with Microsoft’s Windows XP Operating system when it launched in 2002.

The photo was taken by world renowned photographer Charles O’Rear who throughout his 36 year career has also worked for publications such as the Los Angeles Times and National Geographic magazine.

While it has been suggested that “Bliss” would now have been viewed by over 1 billion people the image now has somewhat of an expiry date as Microsoft’s support for the Windows XP operating system will end on April 8th.

This week I spoke to Charles about the origins of his famous photo, how it came to be part of Windows XP and its effect on others.  Listen below.