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From Windows 1.0 to Windows 7 : Chronological Evolution !

Posted by Jeffrey Thomas on January 23, 2010

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Have you ever wondered that how Windows evolved to such a beauty?

How was windows when it was first introduced and how it all improved? The Windows 7, Latest masterpiece by Microsoft offers a rich experience to users with its eye-candy animations and solid programming.

To have a peak at the evolution of Windows with time, read more.

Windows 1.0

Windows 1.0 was introduced in November 1985. It was a huge improvement at that time as it offered a Graphical User Interface (GUI) instead of black command screens used by previous operating systems.

Windows 1.0 did not allow overlapping of different windows as it was a feature used and copyrighted by Mac operating system. So instead of that windows 1.0 used tiled scheme for the placement of windows.

Windows 2.0

Windows 2.0 was introduced in November 1987. It offered a significant improvement over Windows 1.0. It introduced several features like overlapping of Windows, new Keyboard shortcuts and improved GUI. It also featured many new applications.

After some time windows 2.1 was introduced which could multi-task several applications and had better memory management schemes. Visually it was identical to windows 2.0.

Windows 3.0 & 3.1

Windows 3.0 and 3.1 brought a breakthrough in personal computer industry. They were widely adopted by several pc manufacturers. Apple’s Mac OS however was only allowed to be installed on Apple computers.

Windows 3.0 brought many new features into the windows realm. It supported better multi-tasking and it had access to more memory modules than any other previous versions. As most of the coding was done in assembly language, This Windows was faster and more reliable.

Microsoft Bob

Microsoft bob was a GUI experiment by Microsoft that was innovative but it failed. It presented a cartoon view of an office, where users can access their programs easily. Microsoft Bob is usually mentioned as one of the worst products Microsoft created.

Windows 95

Windows 95 was the base of the future Windows versions introduced. Windows 95 was more stable and reliable as compared to previous versions of Windows. It supported 32-bit applications.

Windows 95 became a highly successful and acclaimed OS.

Windows NT versions

First windows NT version was released on july, 1993 and after came a series on NT labeled Windows Versions. NT 3.0, 3.5, 3.51, 4.0 are prominent in those versions. NT stands for “New Technology”, which means NT was a full windows version that was an upgrade from 8/16 bit windows to 32 bit windows.

Windows 98

Microsoft introduced Windows 98 in year 1998. It had several stability and memory fixes over windows 95.

This OS was very widely opted by PC manufacturers in the World.

Windows ME

Shortly after windows 98, Windows Millenium Edition was launched. It didnt performed very well in the market because it had several stability flaws. Its is known in technological circles as “Windows Mistake Edition”.

Windows 2000

Windows 2000 was one of the operating system offered by Microsoft which was built on NT platform.

This OS was widely installed on many Servers of the World. Overall it was a success.

Windows XP

Windows XP is regarded as the most successful creation by Microsoft corporation. Windows XP has entirely revamped User Interface with several new features and stability fixes. XP was most stable operating system as it did not crash when one of the applications malfunctioned. Windows XP was widely installed and people upgraded from previous versions of Windows to XP.

Windows Vista

Windows Vista was released world wide on january 27, 2007. Windows Vista featured advanced GUI and security features. The Animations and Alpha shading effects of Windows Vista came at a shear expense of system resources.

Huge system resources were required to run Vista smoothly. Minimum RAM requirement was 2 GB. These problems hindered wide adoption of Vista by masses. So Vista is not regarded as a successful operating system compared to previous versions of Windows.

Windows 7 Ultimate

Windows 7 was released to worldwide OEM’s on July 22, 2009 and to users on October 21, 2009. Windows 7 promised to offer fast and rich user experience. The system requirements for Windows 7 were reduced and it was made lighter and more agile. It had the largest pre-order in the history, Performing many times better than Vista in the first week of sales.

Windows 7 has entirely revamped UI and engine. The Taskbar makeover in the builds is shown below, the last Taskbar is the final version used in Windows 7.


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