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    Microsoft Windows History: At A Glance From Windows 1.0 to 7

    From Microsoft To Windows:
    Microsoft Corporation is a multinational computer technology corporation that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of software products for computing devices. Headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA, its most profitable products are the Microsoft Windows operating system and the Microsoft Office suite of productivity software. As of the third quarter of 2009, Microsoft was ranked as the third largest company in the world, following PetroChina and ExxonMobil. It is also one of the largest technological corporations in the world.

    The company was founded on April 4, 1975, to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800. Microsoft rose to dominate the home computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s, followed by the Windows line of operating systems. Many of its products have achieved near-ubiquity in the desktop computer market. One commentator notes that Microsoft's original mission was "a computer on every desk and in every home, running Microsoft software."

    Microsoft has taken two parallel routes in its operating systems. One route has been for the home user and the other has been for the professional IT user. The dual routes have generally led to home versions having greater multimedia support and less functionality in networking and security, and professional versions having inferior multimedia support and better networking and security. And its also a business trick also i think.

    History Of Windows Operating Systems:
    The first version of Microsoft Windows, version 1.0, released in November 1985, lacked a degree of functionality and achieved little popularity, and was to compete with Apple’s own operating system. Windows 1.0 is not a complete operating system; rather, it extends MS-DOS. Microsoft Windows version 2.0 was released in November, 1987 and was slightly more popular than its predecessor. Windows 2.03 (release date January 1988) had changed the OS from tiled windows to overlapping windows.

    Microsoft Windows 3.0, released in 1990, was the first Microsoft Windows version to achieve broad commercial success, selling 2 million copies in the first six months. Windows 3.0 featured improvements to the user interface and to multitasking capabilities. It received a facelift in Windows 3.1, made generally available on March 1, 1992. Windows 3.1 support ended on December 31, 2001.

    In July 1993, Microsoft released Windows NT based on a new kernel. NT was considered to be the professional OS and was the first Windows version to utilize preemptive multitasking. Windows NT would later be retooled to also function as a home operating system, with Windows XP.

    On August 24, 1995, Microsoft released Windows 95, a new, and major, consumer version that made further changes to the user interface, and also used preemptive multitasking. Windows 95 was designed to replace not only Windows 3.1, but also Windows for Workgroups and MS-DOS. It was also the first Windows operating system to use Plug and Play capabilities. The changes Windows 95 brought to the desktop were revolutionary.

    The next in the consumer line was Microsoft Windows 98 released on June 25, 1998. It was substantially criticized for its slowness and for its unreliability compared with Windows 95, but many of its basic problems were later rectified with the release of Windows 98 Second Edition (98SE) in 1999.

    As part of its "professional" line, Microsoft released Windows 2000 in February 2000. During 2004 part of the Source Code for Windows 2000 was leaked onto the internet. This was bad for Microsoft as the same kernel used in Windows 2000 was used in Windows XP. The consumer version following Windows 98 was Windows Me (Windows Millennium Edition). Released in September 2000, Windows Me implemented a number of new technologies for Microsoft: most notably publicized was "Universal Plug and Play". Windows Me was criticized also a lot, due to slownesses, freezes and hardware problems.

    In October 2001, Microsoft released Windows XP, a version built on the Windows NT kernel that also retained the consumer-oriented usability of Windows 95 and its successors. This new version was widely praised in computer magazines. It shipped in two distinct editions, "Home" and "Professional", the former lacking many of the superior security and networking features of the Professional edition. Additionally, the first "Media Center" edition was released in 2002, with an emphasis on support for DVD and TV functionality including program recording and a remote control.

    In April 2003, Windows Server 2003 was introduced, replacing the Windows 2000 line of server products with a number of new features and a strong focus on security; this was followed in December 2005 by Windows Server 2003 R2.

    On January 30, 2007 Microsoft released Windows Vista. It contains a number of new features, from a redesigned shell and user interface to significant technical changes. But Windows Vista has been subject to some criticism.

    Then in 22 October 2009 Microsoft releases its latest Operating system Windows 7.

    Windows Boot Screen: Reflects What Inside
    Now we take a look to all Windows OS versions from Windows 1.01 to latest Windows 7 boot screens at a glance. I hope you like these part very much.

    1. Windows 1.01
        Release: 20.11.1985

    2. Windows 2.03
        Release: 01.11.1987

    3. Windows 3.0
        Release: 22.05.1990

    4. Windows 3.1
        Release: 19.03.1992

    5. Windows NT 3.1
        Release: 27.07.1993

    6. Windows NT 3.1 Advanced Server
        Release: 27.07.1993

    7. Windows For Workgroups 3.11
        Release: 01.11.1993

    8. Windows NT Server 3.5
        Release: 21.09.1994

    9. Windows NT Workstation 3.5
        Release: 21.09.1994

    10. Windows NT Server 3.51
          Release: 30.05.1995

    11. Windows NT Workstation 3.51
          Release: 30.05.1995

    12. Windows 95
          Release: 24.08.1995

    13. Windows NT Server 4.0
          Release: 24.08.1996

    14. Windows NT Workstation 4.0
          Release: 24.08.1996

    15. Windows 98
         Release: 25.06.1998

    16. Windows 98 SE
          Release: 05.05.1999

    17. Windows 2000 Professional
         Release: 17.02.2000

    18. Windows 2000 Server
          Release: 17.02.2000

    19. Windows ME
         Release: 14.09.2000

    20. Windows XP Home
          Release: 25.10.2001

    21. Windows XP 64-bit Edition
          Release: 25.10.2001

    22. Windows XP Professional
          Release: 25.10.2001

    23. Windows Server 2003
          Release: 24.04.2003

    24. Windows XP SP2
         Release: 06.08.2004

    25. Windows Vista
          Release: 30.01.2007

    26. Windows 7
          Release: 22.10.2009
    Source: Wikipedia

    1 comment:

    1. Versão em portugues em meu blog:
      Portuguese Version in my blog: http://www.ajudai.blogspot.com/2010/12/historia-microsoft-windows-visao-geral.html


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