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This is the History of Microsoft

History of Microsoft

Microsoft's Windows operating system has become a cultural icon and is largely everywhere with a modern personal computer significantly more prevalent than Linux and Mac-based computers, windows powered machines make up more than 90 percent of consumer computers on the planet but how did they gain this position and how did it all begin for the Windows OS.

This is The History of Microsoft


Windows 1.0 was released in November of 1985 and wasn't particularly successful, it was designed primarily as an extended operating environment for Ms-Dos, it really was more of a companion setting for DOS so it really wasn't a full complete operating system, of course, this was at a time when Apple were suing Microsoft over borrowing a little bit too much of their UI design from the Mac, Microsoft didn't really have much success with Windows until Windows 3.0 was released in May of 1990 its main strides forward came in the form of improved multitasking thanks to the introduction of virtual memory.

The interface finally began to take shape and could take advantage of Intel processors as high as 80386 and enhanced 386 chips, following the success of Windows 311 Windows 95 made its debut in August of 1995 and would forever cement Microsoft's place in the home and business PC market it now adopted Windows NT 's win32 API although much of the code remains 16-bit due to compatibility performance and development time constraints as you may remember DOS never truly went away until Windows 2000 it remained possible for users to drop down to-dos to run older applications or to run Universal applications in a more stable environment dos was even briefly loaded upon boot up Windows 95 was a major computing milestone delivering a true multimedia experience that had previously been impossible games video CD ROMs productivity programs and a suite of useful applications and networking capabilities as well as significant peripheral support were all established in Windows 95 although it's fair to say the OS was pretty seriously unstable I got my fair share of these kinds of air in my time Windows NT would become the bedrock of computing in the business world and would form the backbone of releases beyond Windows 98.

Windows 98 itself added new hardware drivers and a fat32 file system supporting larger than 2-gigabyte disk partitions the addition of USB support brought Windows 98 into a more modern technological period Windows ME which stood for a millennium edition was the final DOS-based Windows OS and included Windows Movie Maker and Windows Media Player 7 along with System Restore which would remain a popular feature in Windows XP Vista and 7.

However, everything changed once again with Windows XP in 2001 the most advanced to West at a time it would become the most popular and would remain actively supported by Microsoft until April of 2014 it can still be found on plenty of computers worldwide today although from a security standpoint you should probably get off that OS very quickly.

Windows Vista followed in 2006 and although it was a visually appealing OS it was a disaster to slow and far too incompatible with legacy software Microsoft raced to get Windows 7 released by 2009, Windows 7 remains a final less stable fast and versatile it's everything Vista failed to be Windows 8 would sadly prove controversial once again it's modern UI works great in tablet mode but doesn't really work as well when you're using a laptop or desktop machine thankfully Windows 10 will see the restoration of things like the Start menu which we lost to Windows 8 and of course greater flexibility across all device types including smartphone tablet laptop and desktop the future of Microsoft Windows will likely be driven by the ever-evolving post PC era and will no doubt require Microsoft to rethink their business model considering Linux Android iOS and OS 10 are all free now the Redmond tech giant will need to consider making Windows free also.

So in today's tech question, I'm asking you what version of Windows are you currently running and what was the very first version of Windows you ever used.

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