We have been talking to you about the features of Windows 10 since October last year and many of you are bored of reading articles like “5 reasons why I should not / yes I should upgrade my computer to Windows 10” (depending on the foot that the writer laps) . As that part does not interest us so much, since our thing is to teach programming courses ( and the good ones ) this post is designed to detoxify us from the vortex of these days since the decision, after all, as Frank Sinatra would say It’s up to you ….
We are going to walk through the last 30 years of Windows, starting naturally in Windows 1 all the way to Windows 10. We begin:
Windows 1 (1985)
Although it was announced in 1983 by Bill Gates, its launch did not occur until two years later, specifically on November 20, 1985. It became popular thanks to its graphical interface based on windows that gives it its name.
Its desktop features included handling of MS-DOS files, calendar, notepad, calculator, and clock.
Windows 2 (1987)
Two years later (12/9/1987) Microsoft releases Windows 2.0 with desktop icons, expanded memory, better graphics, and the ability to overlap windows, control screen layout, and use keyboard shortcuts to speed up work.
It was the first Windows platform for applications as common today as Word or Excel.
Windows 3 (1990)
On May 22, 1990, Windows 3.0 appears, the first version that achieved commercial success, with several million sales in the first year. Major user interface changes were made, as well as improved exploitation of the memory manageability of processors.
The Program Manager and the File Manager made their first appearance in this version, along with the redesigned control panel and some games like Solitaire, Hearts and Minesweeper. Who has not ever played the mythical solitaire?
Windows NT (1993)
Although Microsoft marketing people try to convince the world that NT stands for New Technology , the truth is that the initials NT comes from the code name that the project had when it was in the development phase N-Ten. The final project saw the light on July 27, 1993.
Windows 95 (1994)
A year and month later, on July 24, 1994, Microsoft released Windows 95. They ran an unprecedented advertising campaign that featured the Rolling Stones song ” Start me up .” Windows detractors did not miss the opportunity to scoff, indicating that the lyrics of the song said “… you make a grown man cry …”, but this did not prevent 7 million copies from being sold in just 5 weeks! quite a record!
Windows 95 was more consumer-oriented, had a completely new user interface and features that are very familiar to us today, but which were then something revolutionary, such as the Start button, the Taskbar, the Notification Area (remember which was the era of the modem, fax, …), etc.
Windows 98 (1998)
On June 25, 1998, the first version designed specifically for the consumer was released. A number of user interface enhancements are introduced through the Internet Explorer 4 Windows desktop update package.
With Windows 98, the recognition of scanners, mice, keyboards and joysticks was improved.
Windows Me (2000)
On September 14, 2000, the last of the DOS-based Windows 9x line goes on sale, Windows Millennium Edition, considered one of the worst versions of Windows ever. (Although as the saying goes, someone will come and do me good ; P)
Unlike W95 and W98 they lacked real-mode DOS support. In its favor, it must be said that it had a very useful feature, namely “System Restore” which allowed users to establish a stable configuration of the system prior to the current one.
Windows XP (2001)
Just one year later, on October 25, 2001, the first consumer operating system based on NT architecture, codenamed was Whistler, went on sale with the name of XP of and XP eriencie . It turned out to be one of the most successful, in December 2013 its market share reached 500 million computers. After 12 years in the market, 12 years! In April 2014 Microsoft stopped providing support.
Windows XP introduced new features such as the use of a new user-friendly interface, the ability to use multiple user accounts at the same time, the ability to group similar applications on the taskbar, just to name a few.
Windows Vista (2007)
We have never waited so long for an SO change, more than 5 years! Microsoft would have liked to have it ready to cash in on Christmas 2006, but had to wait until January 30, 2007 to launch it worldwide. It is remembered as a system that was late, bad and dragged . The main complaints focused on security features, digital rights management, hardware requirements, and software performance and compatibility.
Windows 7 (2009)
Many consider Windows 7 to be the OS that Windows Vista would like to have been. In fact, it was originally conceived as a kind of upgrade to Windows Vista, which made it possible to maintain a certain degree of compatibility with applications and hardware. As soon as it was released on October 22, 2009, it began to eat up the market share of its predecessors.
Windows 8 (2012)
On October 25, 2012, the controversial Windows 8 made its debut. Users were tearing their clothes … it had no Start button! How were they going to survive without him?
Its user interface was modified to make it more friendly and easy to use with touch screens, in addition to being able to continue using the keyboard and mouse obviously. It is time for Apps whose icons of different sizes occupy the screen, can be grouped, show notifications.
Windows 10 (2015)
After three years of hard crossing through the desert without a start button, on July 29, 2015, Windows 10 makes its stellar appearance.