From Windows 1 to Windows 10 in 30 Years

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All featured images courtesy of Microsoft.

Believe it or not, it’s been 30 years since Microsoft introduced Windows, arguably the most popular operating system in the world. Since its debut in 1985, a lot has changed in the world of the PC—but a lot has also stayed the same. See for yourself by clicking through our multi-page slideshow:

Windows 1

Windows 1

Image courtesy of Microsoft.

Released: November 1985

Claim to fame: Apart from being Microsoft’s first attempt at a graphical user interface in 16-bit, Windows 1 was notable for its heavy use of a mouse before the mouse was—well, what it is today. (Source)

Fun fact: The name “Windows” was chosen because it “best describes the boxes or computing windows that are fundamental” to the operating system. Windows was also code-named “Interface Manager”. (Can you imagine if Microsoft had decided to go with that? Microsoft’s marketing department would’ve had their work cut out for them…) (Source)

Windows 1

Image courtesy of Microsoft.

 

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