Windows turns 30: A look at all the Microsoft Windows OSes

Microsoft first presented Windows to the public on November 10, 1983. The system required two floppy disk drives and 192KB of RAM.

Windows turns 30: A look at all the Microsoft Windows OSes

Windows 1.0: Microsoft first presented Windows to the public on November 10, 1983. The system required two floppy disk drives and 192KB of RAM. Windows 1.0 was literally a graphical personal computer operating environment developed by Microsoft. (Image: Wikipedia)

 

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Windows 2.0: Windows 2.0 introduced a lot more sophisticated keyboards along with terms "Minimize" and "Maximize", as opposed to "Iconize" and "Zoom" present in Windows 1.0 (Image: Wikipedia)

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Windows 3.0: Windows 3.0 was released on May 22, 1990 and was regarded as the first widely successful version and was said to rival Apple Macintosh. It was also the first version to be pre-installed on hard drives by PC-compatible manufacturers. (Image: Wikipedia)

Windows95

Windows 95: Windows 95 was a significant progression by Microsoft compared to all the previous Windows editions. It was codenamed 'Chicago' and was a complete consumer-oriented operating system developed by the company. (Image: Wikipedia)

 

Windows98

Windows 98: Two years later, Windows 98 was the successor to Windows 95. Thus system was a hybrid 16-bit/32-bit monolithic product with an MS-DOS based boot stage. It was eventually succeeded by Windows 98 Second Edition which in turn was succeeded by Windows ME in 2000. (Image: Wikipedia)

 

 

WIndows2000

Windows 2000: Windows 2000 was the successor to Windows NT 4.0, and is the last version of Microsoft Windows to display the Windows NT designation. For editions were released namely Professional, Server, Advanced Server and Datacenter Server. It is succeeded by the popular Windows XP eventually. (Image: Wikipedia)

 

 

WindowsXP

Windows XP: Windows Xp was an updated version to Windows 2000 and was originally planned for the business market. Windows XP was a major advance from the MS-DOS based versions of Windows in security, stability and efficiency. This system had received great positive reviews and was used worldwide. (Image: Wikipedia)

 

 

Windows-Vista

Windows Vista: Many new features were added to this edition such as a new search component called Windows Search, redesigned networking, audio, print and display sub-systems. Microsoft's primary objective with this system as to improve security in the Windows operating system. (Image: Wikipedia)

 

 

Windows7

Windows 7: Windows 7 was primarily intended to be an upgrade to the OS, intending to address Windows Vista's critical reception, while maintaining hardware and software compatibility. (Image: Wikipedia)

 

 

Windows8

Windows 8: Windows 8 was announced at CES 2011 and brought about some major changes to the user interface and also improved user experience on tablets. Windows was now competing with mobile operating platforms such as iOS and Android. (Image: Wikipedia)

 

 

Windows8.1

Windows 8.1: Released as a part of a shift by the company towards regular yearly major updates for its software platforms and services, Windows 8.1 aimed to address complaints of Windows 8 users. This edition also dded support for high-resolution displays, 3D printing, Wi-Fi Direct, and Miracast streaming. (Image: Windows Blog)

 

 

Windows10

Windows 10: For the first time ever, Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 users. This edition has brought in many new features such as a bigger Start Menu and Action Centre, Cortana for Windows, universal apps for PCs and Project Spartan as well, to name a few. (Image: Windows Blog)

 

 

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