The save icon in Microsoft Office has not changed in 20 years.
Y’all remember this thing?
It’s called a “floppy disk” for all my Gen Zers who were born after the flash drive had replaced it:
When you are clearing old stuff and find your A-level work was saved to floppy disk! pic.twitter.com/PcEj6LGRJb
— Steve Reynard (@sdreynard) August 7, 2019
The floppy disk exhibit is now open, at VCF!
Come down to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, today and tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/KNt8XPrw4N
— foone (@Foone) August 3, 2019
That is the “save” icon on Microsoft Office.
Floppy disks were able to save your data on a mobile source so you could take information from computer to computer.
It was very cutting edge in 1985.
— Shitij Malhotra (@shtj_mlhtr) August 11, 2019
A Japanese user was very confused by this icon, thinking it was a vending machine.
— ふぇざー@パケキャプすれば大体分かる (@fea0er) August 10, 2019
“Why is the save icon on Microsoft Excel a vending machine with a beverage dispensed?”
Oh honey no.
A better question would be, “Why is there a ‘Save’ button?” pic.twitter.com/XqWcBqyTBP
— Leif Strand (@leifboo) August 11, 2019
You’d feel old, if you can answer 😉
— Nobi Hayashi 林信行 (@nobi) August 11, 2019
This feels oddly culturally specific to Japanese vending machines with the wider display window and the cash mechanism underneath, whereas the North American type usually has taller windows with the cash mechanism on the side. pic.twitter.com/mfRTvC7mYv
— ☂️ Kelvin ☂️ (@mrchan) August 11, 2019
I internally screeched 'I'M STILL YOUNG' as soon as I saw this.
— Chris Cooney (@chris_cooney) August 11, 2019
We really do feel old. It’s been so long since floppy disks were used regularly.
Floppy disks began being phased out in 1998. That means most of us millennials were near ten years old, and our parents probably still think floppy disks are the way to go.
But anybody younger than us just has no idea.
a vending machine??? clearly that is a crane game
— addicted to dads (@reznorkeis) August 11, 2019
Oh god – is this what old age feels like? https://t.co/czsKZ5WkP0
— Jen Gentleman 🌺 (@JenMsft) August 11, 2019
It's about time the floppy disk symbol gets replaced. It served us well, but it must go.
— Rafael Pereira (@rafarlp_) August 11, 2019
I find it so weird kids and teens today are so ignorant of past technology like this.
— Adam (@Graestra) August 11, 2019
Tecnically, the term is "diskette". As opposed to the 8" and 5.25" floppies, which were flexible, hence the term "floppy", the 3.5" diskette had a rigid case and a sliding cover to protect the magnetic media, thus obviating the need for an envelope.
— Miguel A. González (@MiguelAGonzle15) August 11, 2019
Do we think that anybody from this generation remembers cassettes or VHS?
I was in a class yesterday and the teacher mentioned a vhs and I heard someone say (16-18 year olds mind you) what's a VHS? So I'd say the answer is no
— Alex (@Animator___Alex) August 11, 2019
I’m 19. I know what a floppy disk is, and a VHS tape. I have hear this “kids don’t know what a floppy disk is” way way way too often
— Klondike (@Kaleb01_) August 11, 2019
I am a thousand years old
— Julia Macfarlane (@juliamacfarlane) August 11, 2019
We wonder if technological history will ever be incorporated in schools, or if we will forever be doomed to remember a brief period in technology’s history that only we were truly subject to.