World's Most Viewed Photo and The Story Behind It
MS Windows XP 2002 Default Wallpaper
I hope most of you are familiar with Microsoft Windows XP and might have used it in your PC, a computer at school lab, or at your work desk in office. It was the most popular operating system in last decade released in 2002. Before Windows 7 and 8, most of the computer machines (approximately -------- machines) were using Windows XP as an operating system.
Everyone who used MS Windows XP must be familiar with the official default desktop wallpaper of Windows XP. Whenever we see this wallpaper, it always reminds us the Windows XP we used a decade before. It was even more popular than the Windows XP official logo, and it is said to be the world's most viewed photo.
It is the Photo of a Place in Napa Valley
The beautiful landscape wallpaper used as default wallpaper in Windows XP is a photo taken in Napa Valley. It is a beautiful view of a place in Napa Valley that was captured in summer while on a drive in 1996. The captured photo is the panorama of Sonoma Country in California, the United States.
Another photo of the same place in Napa Valley shows how this place looks like in winter.
Charles O'Rear was a professional photographer who captured the photo of beautiful green fields on a drive to Napa Valley in 1996. This photo was then purchased by Bill Gates - the founder of Microsoft. This photo became the default wallpaper of Windows XP since 2002.
Google Maps Street View
You can view this place in Google Maps street view at these latitude and longitude values:
38.250124 , -122.410817
Credits: This article was written by Mr. Mohsin Aziz who is Web Developer / Programmer and was first published on smashingideaz.com