Thirty years ago (on November 20th 1985) is when Microsoft release the very first version of its Windows line. It was created as a successor to MS-DOS.
It would soon pave the way for future versions of Windows that we now know today. Windows has changed a lot over the years but still retains some features that were in Windows 1.0, such as scroll bars, drop-down menus, icons, dialog boxes and apps such as Notepad and Microsoft Paint.
Before Windows 1.0, users of MS-DOS would have to rely on typing in commands. However with Windows 1.0, you could use a mouse to navigate through the brand new GUI (graphical user interface). The mouse was a revolutionary way for how people interact with computers.
At the time of its release, some people complained that Windows 1.0 was too focused on the mouse instead of keyboard commands.
Windows 1.0 wasn’t the most received version of Microsoft’s operating system but it ignited a battle between Apple, IBM and Microsoft to help bring computing to more and more people.
Windows has conquered personal computing for the past 30 years and no Apple attack ads (see Mac vs. PC Apple ads) have been able to change that. Microsoft has continually modify Windows while also making it available in new ways through devices, businesses and now the cloud.
Microsoft may find that trying to bring Windows to the mobile space via smartphones and tablets, a tough challenge to beat. It could just be that Microsoft is ahead of the curve.
It will only be a few short years until we are celebrating the 50th (in 2035) or even the 60th anniversary (in 2045) of Windows. So while we’re here, why don’t we take a look back at the last 30 years and we’ll worry about bigger anniversaries at a later date.
Windows 1.0 (1985)
Windows 2.0 (1987)
Windows 3.0 (1990)
Windows NT 3.5 (1994)
Windows 95 (1995)
Windows 98 (1998)
Windows ME (2000)
Windows 2000 (2000)
Windows XP (2001)
Windows Vista (2007)
Windows 7 (2009)
Windows 8 (2012)
Windows 10 (2015)
So here’s to 30 years and to many more years of Windows, it looks like its here to stay (or at least for a while).
Sachin Bahal is an Android aficionado and avid technology writer. He’s been writing about technology since 2010 but his love of tech dates back ever further. You can find him all over the internet but he mostly hangs out on Twitter: @sachinbahal
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