Happy birthday, Microsoft Windows!
25 years ago on this day, Windows 1.0 was released by Microsoft. May versions of Microsoft Windows has taken shapes and presently Windows 7.0 dominates the PC world.
Initially the project was named as Interface Manager, basically a GUI for the DOS operating system. When released in 1985, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates announced the name as Microsoft Windows. Windows 1.0 was being sold at a maximum price of $99 and was one of he stepping stones for the PC dominance in the computing world.
Microsoft has started the development of Windows 1.0 in 1981 and after 4 years the first version was released. It was quickly replaced by the Windows 2.0 in 2 years time. In the mid 90’s the Windows Operating system has taken the shapes of Server and Client/ desktop versions and then onwards it was always multiple types of operating systems.
In 1995, Microsoft released the then most popular Windows 95 with successors like Windows 98, Windows XP and presently Windows 7. In my view, Windows ME was one among the failed operating system from the Windows family. 25 years later of he first release Windows 7 is named as the fastest selling operating system in he history and Windows 8 is in the making and expected to be out in the next two years.
A visual history of Microsoft Windows can be found at CIO here. Check the ZDNet UK’s graphical representation of Windows evolution
Is the future of Windows so bright? Especially when we talk about iPads and tabs? How is the Linux based systems affect the future of Windows? What were our experiences of using Microsoft Windows? Share your thoughts in the comments