It all began on November 10, 1983, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Two Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen officially announced Microsoft Windows, a next-generation operating system. That’s when Windows OS history started.
Since then, we can’t imagine our life without Windows OS and Windows software. For more than 30 years, we see how it’s being refined and upgraded. To say more, we, Windows users, are changing with it. Our look, our hardware, our favorite tools – all this underwent changes together with Windows OS versions. Have a look at the infographic below showing Windows user evolution timeline, from version 1.0 to version 8.1. Do you recognize yourself?
Now let’s see Windows history in the nutshell.
Windows 1.0 (1985)
As opposed to MS-DOS, the new operating system got its first interface. Now, instead of typing MS‑DOS commands, users just move a mouse to point and click their way through screens, or “windows.”
Windows 3.1 (1992)
Windows now has remarkably better performance and advanced graphics with 16 colors. All Windows software is installed with floppy discs bought in large boxes with heavy instruction manuals.
Windows 95 (1995)
With built-in Internet support, Windows 95 brings the era of modems, email, and the new online world. Users enjoy dazzling multimedia games and educational software. New plug-and-play capabilities make it easy to install hardware and software.
Windows 98 (1998)
PCs are now common at work, home, and Internet cafes. The improvements include the ability to open and close programs more quickly, and support for reading DVD discs, VOB files (learn how to deal with them here), and universal serial bus (USB) devices.
Windows Me/2000 (2000)
Designed for home users, Windows Me offers numerous music, video, and home networking enhancements. Hardware installation is much simplified due to the support for a wide range of new plug-and-play devices.
Windows XP (2001)
Windows XP becomes one of the best-selling Microsoft products in the coming years. It’s both fast and stable. The Start menu, taskbar, and Control Panel are more intuitive. Awareness of computer viruses increases.
Windows Vista (2006)
Windows Vista is released with the strongest security system yet. The OS also features enhancements to Windows Media Player where you can now watch television, view and send photographs, and edit videos.
Windows 7 (2009)
Laptops are outselling desktops. The new OS improves functionality and makes the interface more fun to use. Windows Touch option lets touchscreen users browse the web, flip through photos, and open files and folders.
Windows 8 (2012)
Windows 8 introduces a totally new interface that works smoothly for both touch, mouse, and keyboard. It functions both on PCs and tablets. Windows 8 also includes enhancements of Windows desktop, with a new taskbar and streamlined file management.
UPDATE: Because this infographic was released in 2012, it doesn’t contain any mention of Windows 10. However, we strongly belive that the part about Windows 10 would be a huge step forward into the future of mobile devices and time-saving technologies.
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