The evolution of the Windows OS technology

With the 20th anniversary of Windows just round the corner, let’s take a look at the evolution of the most popular operating system of the world.

windows-8This operating system has become so integrated in an internet user’s life that it is impossible to think of any kind of browsing or surfing without it. However, the operating system wasn’t as popular as it is today in its initial days. It’s journey had to go through many highs and lows before it achieved dizzying heights. Here’s the chronology of its growth from a mere operating system to the most popular user interface of the world today:

• Windows 1.0: Released in 1985, this operating system had a very basic format and used gadgets such as the calendar and the calculator. It had basic functionality and used a primitive word processor.

• Windows 2.0: This version was released two years after the first version was released, the Windows 2.0 did not really show much improvement than the previous version. However, it introduced Word and Excel to users.

• Windows 3.0: This was when Microsoft made a difference. The Windows 3.0 boasted of virtual memory, had better graphics and the power to multitask. Microsoft sold 10 million copies of this operating system. This OS was launched in 1990 and was in use till 2001.

• Windows 3.1: Microsoft launched this operating system as a pseudo release. Meanwhile it worked on a new OS called the Windows NT, which was later shelved due to driver support and software issues.

• Windows 95: Microsoft made its transition from 16 bit to 32 bit with the Windows 95. With the increased popularity of home computers, Windows 95 was installed in new systems. It had some backwards compatibility issues which was resolved later.

• Windows 4.0: This version of the popular operating system was launched in 1996 with minor improvements.

• Windows 98: As consumer computers became even more popular, Windows 98 included more hardware features and hardware drivers such as the Internet Explorer.

• Windows 2000: Windows soared higher with the Windows 2000 which became hugely popular among consumers. It had a lot of plug and play devices

• Windows XP: This version was released in 2001 and offered a lot of ease and stability. The system offered a comprehensive help centre.
• Windows Vista: This version didn’t gather much popularity as its predecessors. It was released in 2006. It also had the tendency to drain batteries in laptops. This version was in the market for about three years and was then stopped.

• Windows 7: Windows worked on its learnings from the Vista fiasco and came up with the Windows 7 which promised better speed, stability and less of system requirements. This version was released in 2009.

• Windows 8: Another one of Windows not so popular versions. Although it was launched with many expectations, it failed to meet up to the expectations of consumers.

windows1• Windows 10: The Windows 10 is the latest offering from Microsoft and is garnering much interest among technology enthusiasts.

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