Approximately 1-billion people have viewed the famous Windows XP “Bliss” wallpaper, but not many know of the story behind it. Well, it was photographer Charles O’Rear who captured the iconic landscape in Sonoma County, California, in 1996. The image was first sent to Corbis, an advertising and licensing agency, who then sold the rights to Microsoft in 2000, one year before the launch of Windows XP. “I am turning seventy-six and realize how much the Microsoft Bliss photograph has meant to my life. As the photographer of the most viewed photo in history, I have enjoyed every minute of the fame,” said O’Rear said. Now, he’s started a new project called the “New Angles of America,” directed towards smartphones users. Continue reading for more pictures, another video and additional information.