The History of Windows Operating Systems

What is an Operating System?

Operating System is the main program that runs on a computer. Every computer must have an Operating system in order to run other programs on the computer. It’s a system software that manages computer hardware and software resources and provides common services for computer programs.

What is Windows Operating System?

Microsoft Windows or simply ‘Windows’ is a meta-family of graphical operating systems marketed, developed, and sold by Microsoft. It has several families of operating systems which we are going to see in this post.

Birth of Microsoft:

Paul Allen and Bill Gates were childhood friends. Once, Paul Allen read an article about Altair 8800 microcomputer in some electronics magazine. He showed the article to Bill gates, Bill then contacted MITS, the company who developed Altair. the intention was that the duo was ready to develop the BASIC programming language for Altair. Within few weeks, Bill and Allen were ready to demonstrate their programs to MITS. Upon approval, MITS was ready to distribute and market the product under the name Altair BASIC.

This deal inspired Gates and Allen to form their own software company and Microsoft was founded on 4th April 1975 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States.

Windows now have been dominating the world of computers from the last 25 years. It is nearly impossible to imagine the world without it. But this mega success was not an easy cup of cake for the Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Bounces along the whole way are what helped Windows transform from an unsure Operating System to the undisputed king in computers today.

If you are familiar with Windows but not with the journey of how it has taken shape to change the world of technology what we see it today, then here we present the history of Windows Operating Systems journey. It’s worth reading…

 1. Windows 1.0 – November 1985
2. Windows 2.0 – December 1987
3. Windows 3.0 – May 1990
4. Windows 95 – August 1995
5. Windows 98 – June 1998
6. Windows 2000 – February 2000
7. Windows ME – September 2000 Millennium Edition
 8. Windows XP – October 2001
9. Windows Vista – January 2007
10. Windows 7 – October 2009
11. Windows 8.0 – October 2012
12. Windows 8.1 – October 2013
13. Windows 10 – July 2015

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