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evolution of ms windows

It all began in Plaza Hotel, New York City on the 10th of November 1983. Two Microsoft founders Paul AllenBill Gates officially announced their corporation’s first and next-generation graphical user interface operating system – Microsoft Windows. and

Despite the criticism on stability and constantly being compared to their rivals Apple Macintosh, Microsoft Windows is still the most widely used operating systems in the world. In this article, we’ll bring you back to 1985 where the very first official Microsoft Windows 1.0 was announced, and then we take a trip down memory lane to see all boot screens and desktop interface of all Windows operating system possible.


Windows 1.01 (1985)

Officially released on November 20, 1985, this 16-bit OS that cost less than 1MB in overall is Microsoft’s very first operating system that allows multi tasking with graphical user interface on PC platform that runs on MS-DOS 5.0.

windows 1.01

windows 1.01

Windows 1.01

Windows 1.03 (1986)

Introduced in 1986, Windows 1.03 is an upgrade to its previous predecessor Windows 1.01. Entire operating system cost about 2.2Mb hard disk space.

Windows 1.03

Windows 1.03

Windows 2.03 (1987)

Taking advantage of the speed of Intel 286/386 processor at that time, Windows 2.03 is a replacement for Windows 1.x. It also starts the era where users are able to overlap windows, customize screens, etc. Still the entire operating system cost no more than 2.5Mb.

Windows 2.03

Windows 2.86 (1989)

Windows 2.86

Windows 3.0 (1990)

This is the third major released of Microsoft Windows with a improved set of Windows icons and applications like File Manager, Program Manager that is still being used in today’s Windows. This 22 May 1990 released operating system is then replaced by Windows 3.1 two years later.

windows 3.0

Windows 3.0

Windows 3.1 (1992)

Windows 3.1 is probably the earliest Windows most of us are familiar with. Windows 3.1 and later Windows 3.1x is an upgrade to Windows 3.0 with bug fixes and multimedia support.

windows 3.1

Windows 3.1

Windows 3.1

Windows NT 3.1 (1993)

The first Windows New Technology (NT) introduced. It maintains consistency with the Windows 3.1, a well-established home and business operating system at the time, the new Windows NT operating system began with version 3.1. Unlike Windows 3.1, however, Windows NT 3.1 was a 32-bit operating system.

Windows NT 3.1

Windows 3.11 (1993)

A superset of Windows 3.1, Windows for Workgroups 3.11 added peer-to-peer workgroup and domain networking support. For the first time, Windows–based PCs were network-aware and became an integral part of the emerging client/server computing evolution – Microsoft

Windows 3.11

Windows 3.11

Windows NT 3.51 Workstation (1995)

The Windows NT Workstation 3.5 release provided the highest degree of protection yet for critical business applications and data. With support for the OpenGL graphics standard, this operating system helped power high-end applications for software development, engineering, financial analysis, scientific, and business-critical tasks – Microsoft

Windows NT 3.51 Workstation

Windows NT 3.51 Workstation

Windows 95 (1995)

Previously code-named Chicago, Windows 95 is a successor to all the existing Windows operating system so far. It gives full graphical user interface support, integrated a 32-bit TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) stack for built-in Internet support, dial-up networking, and new Plug and Play capabilities that made it easy for users to install hardware and software.

Windows 95

Windows 95

Windows NT 4.0 (1996)

Windows NT Workstation 4.0 included the popular Windows 95 user interface yet provided improved networking support for easier and more secure access to the Internet and corporate intranets – Microsoft.

Windows NT 4.0

Windows NT 4.0

Windows NT Server 4.0 (1996)

Windows NT Server 4.0

Windows NT Server 4.0

Windows 98 (1998)

Windows 98 was the upgrade from Windows 95. Described as an operating system that "Works Better, Plays Better," Windows 98 was the first version of Windows designed specifically for consumers – Microsoft.

Windows 98

Windows 98

Windows 2000 (2000)

More than just the upgrade to Windows NT Workstation 4.0, Windows 2000 Professional was also designed to replace Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT Workstation 4.0 on all business desktops and laptops. Built on top of the proven Windows NT Workstation 4.0 code base, Windows 2000 added major improvements in reliability, ease of use, Internet compatibility, and support for mobile computing – Microsoft.

Windows 2000

Windows 2000

Windows 2000 Server (2000)

Windows 2000 Server

Windows 2000 Server

Windows ME (2000)

Designed for home computer users, Windows Me offered consumers numerous music, video, and home networking enhancements and reliability improvements – Microsoft.

Windows ME

Windows ME

Windows XP (2001)

Windows XP Professional brings the solid foundation of Windows 2000 to the PC desktop, enhancing reliability, security, and performance. With a fresh visual design, Windows XP Professional includes features for business and advanced home computing, including remote desktop support, an encrypting file system, and system restore and advanced networking features – Microsoft.

Windows XP

Windows XP

Windows XP

Windows Server 2003 (2003)

Released on April 2003, and also known as Win2k3, this operating system is a sucessor to it’s predecessor Windows Server 2000 (Win2k).

Windows Server 2003

Windows Server 2003

Windows Vista (2006)

Came more than 5 years after it’s predecessor Windows XP, Vista is the longest timeline break for Microsoft between two operating system. Read more.

Windows Vista

Windows Vista

Windows Vista

Windows 7 (2009)

Codenamed Blackcomb, Windows 7 is one of the most anticipated operating system which should be available somewhere in Oct 2009. Read more.

Windows 7

Windows 7

Windows 7

 Top Comment : Makrand Bhave   | 11 30 2009 05:01:29 +0000
Amazing narration of the steps to success of Microsoft Imanpreet. Very impressive. Thanks for the referral :)
 
12 comments on "Evolution of Microsoft Windows: 1985 – 2009 "
  Commented by  Kriti Das, HR Manager, ANZ Information Technology    | 02 19 2010 13:48:51 +0000
Amazing trend Imanpreet thanks for sharing. I would like know more from you. keep sharing your knowledge.

Thanks.... 
  Commented by  Ijas Rahman, Manager, Business Development, Team Moplet    | 12 29 2009 18:23:43 +0000
Good Work.. Thanks for this informative datas Sharing with Us..
  Commented by  Sukhada Ashok Bhide, Counselor, Beacon Ship Management Pvt.Ltd    | 12 29 2009 16:07:21 +0000
That was informative . I knew versions from 95 onwards . this was really a piece of information for me
  Commented by  Asutosh Roy, Sr Presales Executive, HyperThink Systems Pvt. Ltd    | 12 21 2009 11:29:17 +0000
Thanks for shairing   !! :)
  Commented by  http://coffeewithviktor.blogspot.com, COO, Business Mashups LLC    | 12 03 2009 08:08:17 +0000
Nice. Thanks for sharing. 
  Commented by  Devi Kaladeen, Audit Manager, Health Sector Development Unit    | 11 30 2009 21:38:17 +0000
Rating : +2 
Good recapture of Microsoft. Thanks for the referral.
  Commented by  Sudeep Tarafdar, Senior Consultant, IBM    | 11 30 2009 12:54:07 +0000
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As everybody is talking about windows 7 recently, people had forgotten the earlier windows products, the product which made microsoft such a big company and more than  90% of worlds PCs run on windows, this shows their prowess in the field, it was nice to see a sneakpeak of windows evolution, much appreciated Imanpreet. thanks for the referral.
  Commented by  !manpreet $ingh, *****, *****    | 11 30 2009 12:40:21 +0000
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Thanks so much guys for your nice responses.. one more thing i observed in above snapshots "Evolution of Mouse".!! :)
  Commented by  Darshana Sawant, HR Manager, Wipro    | 11 30 2009 12:28:44 +0000
Rating : +2 
I agree with all here, nice collection of how windows overall changed these years.
  Commented by  Gargi Sinha, Senior Consultant, Hewitt Associates    | 11 30 2009 11:29:59 +0000
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WOW...this is something really good that i've seen after a very long time, and nice narration and great pics to go with, certainly reminded me of the past while doing things on my computer, thanks for the referral.....great work.
  Commented by  Makrand Bhave, Marketing & MICE, WIZCRAFT INternational    | 11 30 2009 05:01:29 +0000
Rating : +1 
Amazing narration of the steps to success of Microsoft Imanpreet. Very impressive. Thanks for the referral :)
  Commented by  Dennis Aries, Software and Database Architect, Reflecta    | 11 29 2009 14:23:03 +0000
Rating : +2 
Nice collection of screenshots.  Keep it up!
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