Windows Operating System History

MS-DOS (1981-2000) is the acronym for Microsoft Disk Operating System. It is a command line interface used on personal computer. MS-DOS Originally developed by Microsoft for IBM. The first edition launched in August 1981.


MS-DOS is still alive today in Windows 8, but in the form of Command Prompt. All versions of Microsoft Windows have had an MS-DOS like command-line interface (CLI)

For more about MS-DOS history: MS-DOS history



WINDOWS 1.0 - 2.0 (1985-1992)Windows 1.0 used a graphical interface instead of the command line interface of MS-DOS. 

Windows 1.0 was named because of the “windows” (computer frames) that used and allowed users to point and click to access.  It was a basic graphical interface that used
“gadgets” like calculator.


1987 Microsoft release Windows 2.0 an updated version of windows 1.0
For more Windows 1.0 screens: Windows 1.0 Screen Shots

WINDOWS 3.0 - 3.1 (1990-1994)
The introduction of virtual memory, improved graphics, and the ability to multitask helped Windows to sell 10 million copies. It was discontinued on 31 December 2001.

Windows 3.0 included Program Manager, File Manager and Print Manager and games (Hearts, Minesweeper and Solitaire)

WINDOWS 95 (1995)
Windows 95 was designed for increased compatibility and ultimate user-friendliness. Important features in this operating system are the ability to automatically detect and configure installed hardware (plug and play).

Microsoft released five different version of Windows 95.

WINDOWS 98 (1998)Windows 98 offers support for many new technologies. For user is most visible features and programs like Internet Explorer and Internet connection. 


WINDOWS Millennium Edition (Me) (1998)
Windows Millennium Edition was an update for Windows 98 and included some features of Windows 2000.
WINDOWS 2000 (2000)
Windows 2000 is an operating system for business computers (desktop and laptops) to run software applications connect to internet and intranet sites access files, printes and network resources. Windows 2000 made everyone's lives easier by increasing the number of plug and play devices compatible with the operating system.


Windows XP comes with a redesigned look giving the users a more reliable and stable environment. 

Windows Vista had high system requirements and suffered issues with performance and security. This version lasted only three years as many users choose to downgrade back to XP.

WINDOWS 7 (2009)
Windows 7 is an operating system with speed and minimal system requirements. It seems that Microsoft learned from its mistakes with Windows Vista.

WINDOWS 8 (2012)
Windows 8 is a redesigned operating system with significant changes and it promises a faster boot time, touchscreen compatibility and finally an improved user experience. 

to be continued....

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